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Iram Leon, a man with inoperable brain cancer, won a marathon Texas while pushing his daughter in a stroller – because he doesn’t want to miss a minute with her.

Leon won’t take the credit for winning, though, saying that technically, his daughter Kiana won, seeing as she was in the stroller he was pushing ahead of him.

Terminally Ill Man Wins Marathon

Writing on his blog after finishing the race in just over three hours last Saturday, Iram said: “Here sore, reflecting and grateful. I still can’t believe that I won a marathon.

“Well, I came in second behind Kiana.”


Soon after being diagnosed with Grade II Diffuse Astrocytoma at age 30, Iram decided he would no longer run competitively without taking his daughter along.

“The one thing I won’t say on my death bed is: ‘I wish I spent more time with my kid’,” Leon, whose condition impacts his memory, language and motor skills, said.

Even cooler? The Sports Society for American Health, which hosts the Beaumont, Tex., event, set up a college fund in Kiana’s name with a goal of $30,000.