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December 26, 2013

Crutches for the cure?

A father from North Carolina showed love and support for his daughters in an unusual way. Lane Hinnant is a competitive runner who has two daughters with cystic fibrosis. Hinnant is a competitive runner who was recuperating from a stress fracture of his leg. He was relegated to 6 weeks on crutches, but wasn't going to let that stand in the way of his participating in the Wilson Triathalon Club's Jingle Bell Run.

According to this WRAL.com article, Hinnant decided to participate in the run, crutches and all. Not only that, but he decided to go for a world record in the process.

Hinnant, who said, "I was probably a little overcompetitive", found that there was no category in the Guinness Books of World Records for completing a 5K run on crutches. He contacted the folks at Guiness, who agreed to certify his feat if he could complete the task in 90 minutes.

By the time the race was held, Hinnant no longer required crutches... but he decided to go for it anyway. So he grabbed the crutches and took off, easily beating the 90 minute requirement.

He wound up with welts and bruises under his arms from the crutches, but it was worth it to him; he wanted to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis and raise funds for a nonprofit organization serving those with the disorder. Supporters donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in recognition of his efforts.

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1 comment:

  1. I was on crutches a couple of days last week and this guy has my complete admiration!

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