VIDEO: Greg Cohen Tackled The Walt Disney World Marathon Despite Having Rare Auto Immune Disease
2020 kicked off with the amazing and often inspiring Walt Disney World Marathon which took place last weekend. There have already been so many wonderful stories about runners that beat the odds to make their Disney marathon dreams come true but we couldn’t resist sharing one more with you!
Today we look at Greg Cohen, a fitness trainer who unexpectedly began experiencing numbness and pain in his hands and limbs. It ended up being the result of a rare and incurable autoimmune disease called scleroderma. What we know is that the disease only afflicts 10% of men and has one of the highest fatality rates of autoimmune diseases. Symptoms include pain, numbness, little feeling in the joints and connective tissue and hardened skin. All of these make it difficult to run but that didn’t stop Greg (who hails from Los Angeles) from tackling last Sunday’s race!
Greg had the strength to overcome the pain and complete the 26.2-mile race that took him and more than 14,000 other runners through all four Walt Disney World theme parks. This was the first of four marathons he is running in 2020 to raise awareness about scleroderma.
Check out this video fo Greg’s inspiring story here:
The marathon culminated a weekend of races at Walt Disney World Resort. This included a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and kids races. It was also the second of six race weekends during the 2019-20 runDisney season.
The next race, the Disney Princess Half Marathon will take place at Walt Disney World from February 20 – 23rd at Walt Disney World. More information can be found at www.rundisney.com. Readers are encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for the latest runDisney news and updates.
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