MY LIFE IS WORTH IT Says 75-Year Old Don Wright Defies Doctors’ Expectations as He Prepares to Run His 98th Marathon with Cancer

September 8, 2016 09:03 AM EDT

Scheduled to Run in the Air Force Marathon, Dayton, OH, September 17TH

Don was Diagnosed with the Blood Cancer Multiple Myeloma in 2003

September 08, 2016 07:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK & DAYTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MY LIFE IS WORTH IT (MLIWI), a non-profit patient advocacy organization, today said that 75-year old cancer patient Don Wright is on the verge of achieving his goal to finish at least 100 marathons since he was diagnosed 13 years ago. Don was told then he had the blood cancer multiple myeloma. At that time doctors gave Don only three to five years to live. Now Don plans to run his 98th marathon with cancer, while on active treatment, at the 20th Air Force Marathon in Dayton, Ohio, September 17th.Follow Don's Count UP to his 100th marathon @eRaceCancer

Don was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2003 just as he began running marathons. For the past seven years, Don had been taking a pill powerful enough to keep him in remission until recently, when there were signs that the cancer was returning.“Don shows us what can be accomplished with the indispensable and vitally important discoveries that have been made in medical innovation,” says Bob Tufts, former Major League Baseball pitcher and co-founder ofMY LIFE IS WORTH IT (MLIWI). In 2009 Bob was also diagnosed with myeloma. “The value of these medical advances is astronomical, to say the least. I mean, talk about a Moonshot! That’s exactly why once again I need to emphasize our guiding principle at MLIWI, which is, ‘We are not average.’”

“I’m on my fifth treatment in 13 years, many of which were not available when I was first diagnosed,” says Don. “When the cancer came back, we tried different treatments and settled on a new combination regimen, adding a new infusion that stimulates the immune system, to the pill I’ve been taking all these years. It’s not your grandfather’s chemotherapy. I’m pleased to report, the cancer is responding and with this treatment aimed directly at the cancer, I’m still able to run marathons, work part time and be with my family.”

Don runs under the eRace Cancer banner ( (, a social media campaign that has raised awareness of multiple myeloma and the value of medical innovation on behalf of a variety of charities for the past six years. Don is pleased to be running now on behalf of MY LIFE IS WORTH IT, organized in 2014 to give patients a voice in decisions about access to the latest medical treatments.

The 20th Air Force Marathon www.usafmarathon.comwill be Don’s 98th overall, his seventh in 2016, and his second in Ohio. He ran the “Flying Pig Marathon” back in 2008. Ardis Wright, Don’s loving wife of 53 years, and their daughter Sarah, will accompany him and run the half marathon.

Don says, “I ran over 160 miles in August just to prepare for this one. I haven’t run a marathon in almost 3 months, so I’m eager to get going. Heck, I even bought a new pair of running shoes.”

Don says he appreciates the opportunity to help raise awareness of a rare cancer, to let people know a diagnosis is not the end of the line, and, as Bruce Springsteen sings, Don says he was “Born to Run.”


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