Sandy Frieberg was training to run the New York City Marathon this year in honor of his brother. When the COVID-19 pandemic, canceled his plans, he decided to take matters into his own hands and run the marathon solo.
“Every mile is another year you’re going to survive and live this and beat it, love ya bro,” said Sandy.
Sandy’s brother, Evan Fieberg was a radiologist helping cancer patients in the lab. Now, he is one, battling a rare form of cancer for 5 years.
“The doctors have said to me quite bluntly we’re trying to keep you alive long enough for a cure. So, I don’t know if that means 3 years, 5 years, 7 years, I don’t know if I want to take a 2 year break because of COVID,” Evan explains.
Sandy said, “I’ve never run a marathon before & just when I think of my brother, he runs a marathon every day.”
Sandy is running to raise money for Fred’s Team, an organization founded by legendary runner Fred Lebow, the founder of the NYC marathon, who died of brain cancer at 62.
All the organization’s donations are gifted to Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York to fund cancer research. This is also where Evan is currently being treated.
While Sandy says he ran all 26.5 miles because his brother inspires him, Evan explains the feelings are mutual.
“It inspires me, because now it goes both ways, I’m going for chemotherapy later today and I’ll be thinking that Sandy just ran 26 miles for me.”
Watch the video to see Sandy and Evan’s full story and watch Sandy complete his amazing feat!