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A Scary Diagnosis Won’t Stop This Runner From Returning to the Boston Marathon

“I started this race and I want to finish,” Elinor Scott tells KARE 11 in the video below.

The 51-year-old from St. Louis Park, Minn., was about one mile short of completing the Boston Marathon in 2013 when she came to a police barricade. A text message from her daughter let Scott know that two explosions had gone off at the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 200.

Scott vowed to return to the race in 2014. But in January, she learned she’s fighting another battle — doctors diagnosed her with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, The Star Tribune reported.

Treatment has kept her from training, but Scott won’t change her plans — she intends to return to Boston this April and has permission to complete the last mile of the race. Then, she’ll continue fighting for her life.

“It’s unbelievable, the courage and power she has,” Sharon Stubler, a member of Scott’s running club, told the paper. “The odds may not look that good, but if there’s a miracle out there, she’ll find it. She’s the kind of person who will not accept defeat.”