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MS patient lets his feet carry him to marathon milestone

Mike Dhunjishah will soon run a marathon in Iowa. After that, he can say he has run a marathon in every state in the US. Mike Dhunjishah will soon run a marathon in Iowa. After that, he can say he has run a marathon in every state in the US.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Mike Dhunjishah's wall of medals begins to tell the story of how the 67-year-old civil engineer, born into a Chinese POW camp in World War 2, has seen the world.

While the Army Airborne took him to Vietnam, his feet have carried him the rest of the way.

"You can't sit around on your rear end and do nothing, and if you don't sign up for these things what happens is you don't do anything," said Mike.

He ran his first marathon when he was 50 as a promise to his kids and hasn't stopped since. You might say his secret is beer since he drinks one on every marathon. That is, until you meet his wife, Linda.

"He goes green," Linda said. "He only drinks local brews."

Linda is a breast cancer survivor who had a hard time just walking after a bilateral mastectomy.

"After we got through with it all, I thought what can we do to thank God I'm alive?" said Linda.

Marathons seemed like a natural fit, except for the fact that she hated them. She says she wouldn't criticize, though, if she'd never finished one.

"So I said when I'm 60, I'll do a marathon just so I can say, 'This is really stupid," said Linda.

The easy-going couple still trains hard. They're headed to the IMT Des Moines Marathon in October. After that, Mike will have marathoned in every state in the country and all the continents.

And don't think you'll hear the couple complain about cancer or the fact that Mike has multiple sclerosis. They'd rather show you photos from Kenya  or tell you about how they ran laps around a research ship in Antarctica. It's a long story and there's no end in sight.

"After 46 years she hasn't kicked me out yet. Can't ask for more, right?" said Mike. "Life is good."

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