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Continued: A Lake Elmo 72-year-old cancer patient runs because he can

  • Article by: ANDREW KRAMMER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 23, 2013 - 6:38 PM

Wright isn’t eligible to be prescribed pomalidomide because of his treatment history; he’s only eligible to take it when he’s a part of the study.

“They’re happy I’m running marathons,” Wright said, pointing at the cover. “I suppose they’d like to keep me happy.”

Since starting the treatment almost five years ago, Wright has completed 43 marathons in 36 states.

“Actually, running is pretty good for bone density,” Lacy said. “Luckily his bones are in good shape.”

Wright gives hope to doctors like Lacy, who say her staff is “tickled” to be able to prescribe the drug to more cancer patients in the hopes of giving them a normal lifestyle.

If Wright can’t continue taking pomalidomide, he said he’s fine with moving onto the next treatment — just as he moves onto his next running ambition.

“My goal, this is an aspirational goal, first you have to live this long,” he said. “But I’d love to run a 5k at age 100.”

Andrew Krammer is a University of Minnesota student journalist on assignment for the Star Tribune.

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