Brothers to participate in marathon, with one pushing the other

Brothers to participate in marathon, with one pushing the other

STOW, OH (WOIO) - Running for brotherly love.

Brothers Dan and Rob Fess are ready and set to run the Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon, even though Dan suffers from a disease that left him paralyzed.

"I thought it would be a great way for us to hang out," said Rob Fess.

Rob, who now lives in San Diego, flew in to push his kid brother Dan in a special wheelchair. Dan is living with Loeys Dietz Syndrome, a genetic disease which weakens tissues and the aorta, leaves many paralyzed and is often fatal.

"I first got sick when I was 29. He showed up in the hospital and I thought I must really be sick. Ever since then he's been a great support," said Dan Fess.

Rob has come to town for every one of Dan's surgeries. He is focused on helping his brother live his life and experience as much as he can, including running a marathon.

"It was on the bucket list to run a marathon and I'm looking forward to getting my sticker," said Dan.

A chapter of Ansley's Angels, a charity in Canada, shipped in a special wheelchair so Rob can push Dan in the marathon, and so Dan can experience what it's like to finish a marathon.

"I could always go for a run and feel fantastic," Rob said.

He's excited about being able to pass that feeling on to his brother.

"It's amazing that every day he went out and trained for it but I also know that every day he thinks about me," Dan said.

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