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Runner Set To Finish Boston Marathon Despite Cancer Diagnosis

April 16, 2014, 5:04 PM by Brady Mallory

Runner Set To Finish Boston Marathon Despite Cancer Diagnosis

In just a few days, all eyes will be on Boston.  Runners will lace up for the first marathon since last year's bombing.  For a Sioux Falls native, this year's marathon will be even more poignant.

"It was the dream I'd had to run the Boston Marathon," Elinor Scott said, in an interview with WCCO-TV, a CBS affiliate in Minneapolis.

Elinor was just three-quarters of a mile away from the end of the race when the blast hit.  Though she was not hurt, she did not get to cross the finish line that day.  The double blast injured more than 200 people and killed three.   Elinor's daughter, Martha, was just 20 yards from the explosion.  For their family members back home, the world stood still.

"My heart stopped.  It was a - that was a very long hour.  Before I found out she and my niece were ok," Jodi Scott, Elinor's sister, said.

Elinor will complete that last mile of the Boston Marathon on Monday.  She is also running another race.  In February, doctors told her she has stage four pancreatic cancer.

"They tell you what they're going to tell you about stage four cancer.  They don't really offer you any promises," Elinor said.

Elinor has battled health problems for five years and knew her health was declining during last year's marathon.  At the time, however, she did not know she was facing pancreatic cancer.  Elinor qualified for this year's marathon, and the Boston Athletic Association will let her walk the last mile of the course.  If possible, she wants Martha to walk with her.  Jodi will be right there on the sidelines, encouraging her sister's every step.  If you look at the photograph of Jodi sitting by Elinor during a round of chemotherapy, it is easy to see Jodi has been cheering on her sister in more ways than one.

Brady Mallory: What do you think it will be like to see her finally cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon?
Jodi: It'll be a good - good day.

For the Scott family, Monday will not be about running or even walking.  It will be about the power of never giving up.

"None of us know what tomorrow holds, and so, enjoy every step.  Enjoy that last mile," Jodi said.

"Right now, I'm just very focused on, seeing what kind of life I can - any life - I can have on the other side of this journey, because, you know, I just want to live.  If I can run slow, that'll be fine with me," Elinor said.

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