Runner with epilepsy prepares to take on Boston Marathon

Posted at 8:11 PM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 20:11:41-04

The Boston Marathon is a challenge that demands enormous physical and mental dedication from any runner who tries to take on its winding 26-mile course, and Scott Badzik is no exception.

He’s trained hard for this year’s run -- and the other marathons in which he’s participated -- and hopes, like every other participant, to cross the finish line in one piece.

But Badzik deals with one obstacle few other runners share: Epilepsy. He was first diagnosed with a seizure-causing brain tumor while training for a marathon in 2005, and he's worked with his doctors ever since to find a way to keep running, laughing and enjoying his life.

“I was no longer driving-dependent,” he said of the sudden diagnosis. “I couldn’t be left alone with my infant daughter because we never knew when my next seizure would occur.”

Watch the video above to learn more about Badzik’s journey to recovery and how his fellow runners have helped him reach the starting line.