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Man with terminal lung disease finishes marathon towing oxygen tank

Evans Wilson, who has terminal lung disease, defied his own doctor's orders to complete the Seattle Marathon Sunday while towing an oxygen tank.

Evans Wilson completed the Seattle Marathon in more than 10 hours

Evans Wilson, left, who has terminal lung disease, completed the Seattle Marathon with his wife while towing an oxygen tank. (Twitter/SuzannePhan)

While most people enjoyed spending time on their couches on Sunday, Evans Wilson, a former competitive runner, was finishing the Seattle Marathon. It took him 10 hours 55 minutes to complete a course that fellow walkers finished about six hours faster. 

What took Wilson significantly longer?

The 62-year-old, who has terminal lung disease, was towing his oxygen tank along with him during the entire walk. Wilson suffers from pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension. His lungs are scarred and over time, it prevents oxygen from being properly absorbed into his blood.

In an effort to raise $50,000 US and awareness, Wilson decided — against his doctor's order — to take part in the walk.

The course was closing down and the official race over when Wilson crossed the finish line with his wife and his oxygen tank in tow.

As Wilson and his wife were handed their medals and heard their times, the two were stunned, according to KOMO news. Wilson, from Edmonds, Wash., thought it would take him 14 hours.

With the race wrapped up and the hard part over, Wilson was understandably in great spirits, excited that he may not have been the last to across the finish line.


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