“When you’re running in cold temperatures and it’s windy, that freezing cold wind goes down your throat and your lungs feel it,” says half-marathon runner Calvin Henry. .
So Henry’s lungs will feel it Sunday when he runs the Aramco Half Marathon in Houston, the same place he got his lungs. Henry is a two-lung transplant recipient.
Henry said: “My disease was so advanced that one lung wouldn’t do it. “It would have to be a double lung.”
Henry, who completed two full marathons before the transplant, received a new lung at age 42 after being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a terminal illness caused by scleroderma . The procedure was performed at Houston Methodist Hospital in December 2012. Seven years later, the Atlanta resident intentionally chose Houston for his first race after his transplant in 2019.
“Of course, Houston always has a special place in my heart,” admits Henry, now 51. “That’s where I got a second chance in my life. So I wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate it here and see if I could complete what I trained to do.”
In addition to completing a half marathon that year, along with another in 2020, Henry also won a medal in the World Transplant Games. The Sunday Aramco Houston Half Marathon is part of his plans for the New York City Marathon in November.
“Now I have made my medical team into believers,” said Henry with a laugh. “I’ve always turned to hope. Keep the faith. Keep hoping. Stay strong. That’s the best message I can give. I’ve been blessed and I really thank you all. the generosity of my sponsors.”
With a new lung and a new outlook on life, Henry will be able to see how far he’s gone on Sunday, and it certainly won’t be measured in 13.1 miles.
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https://abc13.com/chevron-houston-marathon-aramco-half-double-lung-transplant-runner/11473456/ Double lung transplant recipient Calvin Henry returns to Houston to run Aramco Half Marathon