Man fights back against terminal illness with marathon

SEATTLE, Wash. — Running a marathon, for many, is a daunting challenge.

However for one Washington man, it is all worth it to help him overcome a terminal illness.

Evan Wilson, a Washington resident with Pulmonary Fibrosis, was able to walk the Seattle marathon in less than eleven hours this year, all while carrying his oxygen tank. His goal was to help raise money for those who live with his disease. Pulmonary Fibrosis is a progressive and irreversible lung disease that makes it much harder for the body to process oxygen.

“You don’t have any Pulmonary Fibrosis survivor parties cause there aren’t any, it’s a terminal disease,” Evan Wilson said, “For some people it takes quicker, for some people it takes longer, but the end result is all the same.”

The life expectancy of someone with Pulmonary Fibrosis is around three years and Wilson has lived with the disease for five. He also said he has no plans of checking out any time soon.