Cancer Survivor Runs Boston Marathon

by: cancercompass

Completing the Boston Marathon on April 20 marked 59-year-old cancer survivor Win Apel's 50th race, edging him closer to the goal he set for himself when he was first diagnosed.

An Idaho native and New Jersey resident, Apel dropped out of the New York City Marathon after doctors discovered prostate cancer on September 11, 2001, reports the Cranford Chronicle. One year later Apel vowed to complete a marathon in all 50 states and in each of the seven continents.  

Completing the Boston Marathon as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team helped Apel satisfy his U.S. running goal, while also raising $22,000 for cancer research, according to the Cranford Chronicle. All that's left is the July race he plans on running in Australia, according to the daily newspaper Metro.

Watch Gene Lavancy from FoxNews', Boston affiliate WXFT, to get Apel's reaction after finishing his 50th marathon.