22 Mar '13, 1pm

Power of human spirit. WIth sneakers. Read about Texas marathoner with terminal cancer. via @WSJ

Power of human spirit. WIth sneakers. Read about Texas marathoner with terminal cancer. via @WSJ

In competitions against the clock, some athletes display an ability to seize control. Think of the Clark-Kent-to-Superman routines that John Elway and Michael Jordan often pulled in the final seconds. The Enterprise/Associated Press Iram Leon and his 6-year-old daughter, Kiana, following the Gusher Marathon. But Iram Leon stands on the sidelines of his own race against time. Lodged in his brain is an untreatable and inoperable cancerous tumor that statistics suggest will kill him before he is 40, eight years from now. Medical science is advancing at a rate that doesn't preclude the development of a treatment, but it's not clear if it will come in time. "No one knows what technology will be available in five years," said Allan Friedman, Duke University Hospital neurosurgeon in chief, who in 2011 removed as much of Leon's brain tumor as possible. The torment of enduring that...

Full article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142412788732341910457...

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