Stories

Mary Johnson

Mauricio Blandino

Mauricio Blandino

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With the help of fellow amputee athletes and Achilles International, Mary was able to re-learn how to run and made lifelong friends in the process.

Mauricio Blandino

Mauricio Blandino

Mauricio Blandino

Mauricio Blandino, Marathon Runner, Achilles International, Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor

After surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury, Mauricio defied all expectations by becoming a Boston Qualifying marathon runner and an advocate for the Brain Injury Association.

Sarah Favinger

Mauricio Blandino

Sarah Favinger

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For Sarah, running became the key to success as a classical musician. Outside the concert hall, she coaches at the non-profit Girls on the Run.

Stephen Andrews

Stephen Andrews

Stephen Andrews

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Stephen's weight loss journey began with one short run. He has since lost over 50lbs, run 11 marathons, and become a local hero in Brooklyn.

Saavik Ford

Stephen Andrews

Stephen Andrews

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After being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, Saavik rediscovered her love of running and fought through her symptoms to run the NYC Marathon for Team IBDKids.

Anna Mercatili

Stephen Andrews

Alan Cory Kaufman

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Anna continues to honor her late mother by volunteering as a guide for Achilles International, helping athletes with disabilities run marathons.

Alan Cory Kaufman

Rosita Chan-Vicelich

Alan Cory Kaufman

Alan Cory Kaufman Cancer Warrior Marathon Trekking Poles Melanoma Brain Surgery Just Another Runner

Since 1992, Alan never missed a NYC Marathon– until he was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma. After a year of fighting cancer, he vowed to complete his 25th NYC Marathon.

Ben Chan

Rosita Chan-Vicelich

Rosita Chan-Vicelich

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When his dear friend and mentor began to suffer from diabetes-related renal failure, Ben donated his kidney and both lives were changed forever.

Rosita Chan-Vicelich

Rosita Chan-Vicelich

Rosita Chan-Vicelich

Rosita Chan Vicelich Just Another Runner Marathon Fred's Team Cancer Run10Feed10 Inspiring Charity

Rosita never considered herself a runner until her early 50's, when she ran her first marathon for Fred's Team. Now, running has become a lifestyle and family activity.