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Running Past The Obstacles

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Fargo marathon events began tonight with the youth run. Hundreds of little tennis shoes were laced up, including some of kids who are finally healthy enough to run.

Valley news teams Kristi Larson has the story about some who had to race against other obstacles to get to where they are today.

For some kids running the in the Youth Marathon was an easy decision, but for others it took a special gesture to make them run.

"Isaiah received a medal, from medals to medals which is gold medals from athletes that have run marathons." Christine Lawson says, who's Isaiah's mother.

Isaiah Lawson is just 4 1/2, but has already been through so much. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a rare cancer, but the family found out in April he is now cancer free.

"We just had this big grin on his face, and Isaiah was just very very happy." Christine says with a big smile still on her face.

He got to start the races today, and was the first one to cross the starting line, but he isn't the only one who's had his own battle to win to be here.

"I had a mechanical valve stuff and they saw it was going wrong and stuff, like they needed to replace one of them." says Damien Lozano.

9-Year-Old Damien has overcome three open heart surgeries, but that didn't stop him coming out again this year to run the mile, and still end with a smile on his face.

Both boys fought their way, to be a part of the Fargo marathon.

"It's really significant for him to just signifying the end of his race." Christine smiles.

The races will continue on, Friday is the 5k, and on Saturday there is the 10K, the half and full marathon.

To read Isaiah's story on his CaringBridge page Click Here.

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