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eRace Cancer Says Long-Term Cancer Patient Don Wright to Run in the Minnesota Senior Games, His Home State, August 18th, While Still on Treatment


eRace Cancer, a social media campaign to educate patients about
advances and innovations in treatments, says Don Wright will enter four
events at the Minnesota
Senior Games
, as he works to improve his form and speed. Don, who is
77 years old, will enter the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meter races in
Mankato in Central Minnesota, despite having an incurable cancer for the
last 15 years. Don has already qualified for the 2019 National
Senior Games
with races in four states, California, Iowa, Washington
and New York. Now he's heading home.

"I'm 100% Minnesotan," says Don. "I grew up in Duluth, and I've lived in
the Minneapolis/St Paul region for my entire adult life. In fact, I ran
my very first marathon in Minnesota that got me into being a runner."

Fifteen years ago, Don was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare blood
cancer that affects cells in the bone marrow. He was given less than
five years to live, but with new treatments, Don is not only still
alive, but well. He ran 100 marathons while on treatment and now has set
his sights on the National Senior Games next June, while still taking an
oral medication at night and going in for regular I.V. infusions.

"The new modern medications are so easy to take, it doesn't take away
from the rest of your life," says Don. "I've benefitted from modern
medicines, and in fact, as I've needed new treatments, they've been
there. Now I enter events around the country to help spread the word to
other patients that there is hope after diagnosis, and the possibility
of a good life even during treatment."

Don runs with Ardis, his wife of more than 50 years, and their daughter
Sarah, who is too young for the senior games but is their official

"I can't tell you what it means to me, nearly 80 years old, to still
have the love of my life at my side," says Ardis Wright. "My father was
diagnosed with a blood cancer and we lost him within five years. A
generation later, Don is benefiting from new drugs and treatments that
were not even developed when he was first diagnosed. We need that
medical progress to continue."

After Minnesota, Don plans runs in the New
Jersey Senior Olympics
, September 8th, followed by meets
in Utah and Florida. You can follow Don's story on,
and follow him on social media at
and @eRaceCancer on Twitter.

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