Debbie Rogers from Westchester, New York returned this weekend to Disney World. A place special to many of us, but to Debbie, it means so much more.Debbie completed the 26.2-mile Disney Marathon this last January. While competing in the race she injured her foot which led her to seek medical attention. It was during her medical examination that she was made aware she had a serious life-threatening illness. Doctors discovered by accident that there was a tumor on her right lung. That tumor turned out to be cancerous.
Debbie credits running in the marathon at Disney as the reason the found they cancer early making her prognosis for a full recovery much higher. Debbie stated “Had I not trained for the Disney Marathon and not have had a running injury and not have completed the marathon, they would have found the lung cancer too late,’’ Rogers said. “It is very, very rare to find early stage lung cancer!!”
Despite losing a portion of her right lung she was deemed healthy enough to compete in the 13.1-mile Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon this weekend. For Debbie returning to Disney fills her with a sense of gratitude and triumph. Most of us can relate on some level or another to Debbie’s story. No matter what we are battling on our lives, Disney is a place, that for most of us, fills us with a sense of hope and joy. Its something we can take with us when we have to venture back into the real world. We wish Debbie a full and speedy recovery. And remember….Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust.
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