Cancer patient runs road to recovery in Long Branch

Hundreds turned out Sunday in Long Branch to participate in a road race, some running for pride, others running for charity, and one man running to recovery. Runner Tim Ragan is fighting a daily battle

News 12 Staff

Apr 30, 2007, 2:38 AM

Updated 6,201 days ago

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Cancer patient runs road to recovery in Long Branch
Hundreds turned out Sunday in Long Branch to participate in a road race, some running for pride, others running for charity, and one man running to recovery. Runner Tim Ragan is fighting a daily battle was brain cancer. His battle began in 2003 when he suffered a seizure. It was then discovered that he had a tumor in his brain. At the time the 28-year-old avid athlete and runner decided to begin running half marathons again. Four years later, in July of 2006, a growth reappeared during a routine check up and doctors diagnosed the 32-year-old with brain cancer. ?Running is a great way to deal with stress and after I was diagnosed with the brain tumor it became a lot more than that; It became a way for me to fight and make myself feel strong,? Ragan explains. Ragan placed 6th in Long Branch?s half marathon Saturday, running 13 miles in less than 2 hours and raising $17,000 for the National Brain Cancer Foundation.


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