A Toledo woman who once dreamed of completing her first marathon put her life on pause when she was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movement.
More than three years later, Robin Mower will finally accomplish her goal by participating in the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon on April 28. She says she wants to show the community her disease doesn’t define her life.
“I was told by my doctors not to run and that I need to have testing done. After serveral tests without the doctors saying anything I knew I had ALS,” Mower wrote on the ALS Association’s website.
“I was afraid of dying and not spending time with them. I was afraid of being forgotten. I am not dying… I am living and that is what I focus on and to help others dealing with this disease.”
Mower is unable to run or walk, but has enlisted the help of her friend, Dr. Jeff Galvin, to push her 26.2 miles to victory. The pair are running to raise fund for the The Blazeman Foundation for ALS. All money raised will help ALS patients and go toward research for a cure.