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MS patient overcomes adversity with marathons

March 3, 2004
Erin Ochoa
News 8 Austin

They say you never truly know what someone is going through until you walk a mile in their shoes, or maybe even run in them.

Ramon Sepulveda, 50, plans to run 12 marathons in 12 months to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.

When he was diagnosed with the disease in 1998, he decided to become not only active, but proactive.

On Feb. 15, Sepulveda and about 10,000 other runners crossed the finish line at the Motorola Marathon.

That day marked his 50th birthday and his third marathon this year.

"I've always considered myself healthy and strong and able to provide for the family - you know, just the macho sort of things, and it was devastating, it just made me so unsure," Sepulveda said.

His devastating diagnosis now fuels his drive to run.

"The exercise is really a way to fight back," Sepulveda said.

Now, some six years after the diagnosis, and after six months of training, Sepulveda is getting ready to run yet another marathon.

"I wanted a challenge. I wanted to challenge not only myself, but challenge others, and challenge people's perception of multiple sclerosis and people with 'a disability' and so that's when I conceived the idea to run 12 marathons in 12 months," he said.

Sepulveda continues to train for the run and fight the disease one day at a time.

"I'll run a couple of short runs, maintenance runs, during the week, and then, on the weekend, I'll run a long run," he said.

Sepulveda plans to run his third marathon in Abilene later this month.

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