Every runner has his or her own reasons for running a marathon; many run to prove to themselves that they can simply do it. Others run to win.
For former TSRHC patient Michael Burns, he ran to inspire.
In an interview with WFAA ABC News Channel 8 in Dallas, Burns talked about his motivations for competing in the 2014 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.
As a child Burns was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and he spent 13 years as a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children under the care of Dr. J.A. “Tony” Herring, Chief of Staff Emeritus. TSRHC is the primary beneficiary of the Dallas Marathon, and to Burns’ it is the main reason why he participated.
“If I can give hope to other people, to other kids…that’s why I push.”
Burns began his journey as a marathon runner 7 years ago, when he took up running as a way to relieve stress brought on by the mortgage crisis. Now at age 36, this is his marathon.
“I was always curious about what it would feel like to do a half marathon, and then a half led to my full marathon, 26.2 mile race in one day,” Burns told WFAA Channel 8.
Burns is currently working with Dr. Lezlie Maloy of Spring Valley Spine and Sports care, who is helping him as he prepares to run. Burns has experienced several stress fractures running in the past, and Maloy is helping him with his biomechanics so that he can participate in the Dallas Marathon.
“I know what I have; I know that I’m very fortunate,” Burns said, “because I know with other patients with cerebral palsy, they’re not as fortunate; some are in wheelchairs, some are on crutches.”
TSRHC has been the primary beneficiary of the Dallas Marathon since 1997, receiving more than $3.5 million in donations.
“Everybody’s got their differences,” Dr. Herring said, “and what you do is make the best of what you’ve got. [Burns has] done a great job of doing that.”