They may have cancer. But they’ll be at the starting line.
Abdi Sanz hasn’t had an easy time of it.
Six years ago, the high school English teacher was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She was 33.
Five years ago, the cancer spread to her brain.
Two years ago, she developed celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley and other grains.
And last month, she learned she had aplastic anemia, a byproduct of chemotherapy and radiation that results in fatigue and shortness of breath.
Many might take to their beds. Not Sanz.
On Sunday, she will be one of the 25,000 or so corralled at the starting line to compete in the Fitbit Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. She’s not running. She’s walking — the entire 26.2-mile marathon.