Montco man's heartfelt run for cancer research: 'If it means crawling home, I'm gonna do it.'

Pat Toddy
November 17, 2018 - 11:57 pm
Philadelphia Marathon 2011

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- One Montgomery County man knows he won't be among the pack of winners getting a hand shake from Mayor Kenney at the Philadelphia Marathon, but says although he's already won against cancer he still wants to help others do the same.

As 41-year-old Mark Schoneveld gets ready to take on his first marathon, brain cancer has already prepared the father of three for the grueling part.

"Two brain surgeries and I went through chemo and radiation," he said.

Schoneveld says he has conquered his relentless cancer -- for now.

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"Four and a half or five years of freedom I call it," he said.

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With so many patients are not hearing that "free of cancer" news, Schoneveld says he is running for research.

"The scientists are doing the best work on research and helping to fund those endeavors is my goal here," he explains.

Although nervous about the 26.2 mile grind, Schoneveld is excited to raise money for the organization he believes in, the American Association for Cancer Research, and says he plans to go the distance.

"If it means crawling home, I'm gonna do it," he said.