Woman Paralyzed After Falling Off Cliff While Running from Attacker Will Crutch New York Marathon

Just two years ago, Hannah Gavios lay injured after falling 150 feet from a cliff in Thailand — she didn’t think she’d live, let alone walk again. Now, she’s gearing up to complete the 2018 New York City Marathon.

On Sept. 1, 2016, Gavios fell from the cliff while trying to escape a man attempting to assault her in the southeast Asian country. As she fled the attacker, she fell and lay paralyzed. There, she was held hostage and assaulted for hours, she says.

She was later rescued but suffered a spinal cord injury from the fall. Gavios is now unable use her feet and toes, and her shins have nerve damage.

Her attacker was prosecuted and imprisoned.

“After the news of my injury, one of the most devastating things to hear was I’m unable to run, let alone walk,” Gavios, 25, tells PEOPLE. “But I needed to run again, so I thought the closest thing to that is crutching. I could participate in the race and use what I have to the fullest.”

Earlier this year, while still undergoing intense physical therapy, Gavios decided to participate in the annual marathon. She learned about Amanda Sullivan, who completed the race on crutches in the past, and was inspired to take on the feat herself.

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“I began training at the end of March. I’d just go out for an hour, the longest I’ve ever is seven hours,” Gavios, a graphic designer in New York City, says.

“The best part of my training is getting into it and having fun with it. The hardest part is stamina, being able to keep it up for as long as possible. There are times I start to ache and my whole body hurts. But I proved to myself that I’m stronger than I think.”

Gavios has joined Team Reeve (of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation) and has raised more than $ 16,000 for the foundation, which supports people living with paralysis and funds research to find a cure. With the race just days away, Gavios says she’s “excited” to participate and start on her next challenge.

“I feel very prepared. I feel like finally the day is coming after all of this effort and energy,” she tells PEOPLE. “My long term goals are to run again. It’s not really over, I have more work to do and more mysteries to solve about spinal cord energy. I want to participate in the cause.”


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Marathon Petroleum to Buy Andeavor for More Than $23 Billion

Marathon Petroleum agreed to buy pipeline and refining company Andeavor for $ 23.3 billion, the latest deal in an active year for energy-related mergers.
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Prince Harry at the Finish Line! The Royal Groom-to-Be Supports Runners at the London Marathon

Prince Harry was the No. 1 cheerleader at Sunday’s London Marathon.

There to show his support, Harry cheered on runners before handing out prizes to the winners of the elite men, women, wheelchair and IPC races.

He also had a chance to chat with members of the marathon’s staff, as well as the on-site first aid team from St. John Ambulance.

Harry attended the marathon as part of his role as patron for the London Marathon Charitable Trust. It’s his third year in a row attending the annual event, though this time, he did it so solo — in 2017, Harry had brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton by his side.

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It’s been a busy weekend for Harry, who attended a reception for the Invictus Games on Saturday with his fiancée, Meghan Markle, before attending a concert for his grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday later that day.

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On Monday morning, he and Meghan will attend a memorial service for the late Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in a racially charged attack in April 1993.


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His Goal: Finish the Boston Marathon by Hand

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Fine Arts & Exhibits: An Auction Setup at Christie’s: First a Marathon, Then a Sprint

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This Power Couple Got Married In The Middle Of A Marathon

Running a marathon is a major commitment. One couple took that notion to the next level

Anthony Johnson and James Makokis veered off course during the Vancouver Marathon on May 6 for the best reason: to get married in front of friends, family and lucky marathon spectators.

The couple, who wed around mile 20, had been looking for fun wedding options when the idea struck Makokis, Runner’s World. Both were training for separate races when they decided to use the running event as their wedding venue. 

“We kind of started seeing marathon training as a metaphor for a relationship in terms of you have to put in the work and you have to have a good attitude,” Johnson told Runners World. “So we thought it would be a great way to celebrate our union by getting married.”

In honor of the occasion, the pair dressed up in tuxedo T-shirts that read “We said ‘I Do’ at 32 km” and put on jackets for the 30-minute ceremony, according to Runner’s World. 

Long distance physical activity appear to be a theme in the couple’s relationship. As Johnson explained to The Cut, a marathon of sorts marked the beginning of the couple’s relationship, too. “[Makokis] visited me in New York for my 30th birthday where we biked the entire city and had one of those only in New York romantic kind of days,” he said. “That’s the day that really started our relationship.”

Their wedding comes a month after a woman named Jackie Scully got married right before the London Marathon and raced in her wedding dress as she recovered from cancer. 

Sounds like the most rewarding way possible to multitask. 

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Young Royals Kick Off London Marathon to Support Heads Together Campaign

ROYAL RACE: The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William joined Prince Harry to rally the runners participating at the London Marathon on Sunday.
All 40,000 runners taking part in the annual race were given Heads Together headbands to raise awareness about mental health, and many of them are raising money for the campaign.
Kate Middleton wore a black Heads Together jacket with black skinny jeans and sneakers.

The Duchess of Cambridge at the London Marathon. 
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The Duchess of Cambridge at the London Marathon. 
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The London Marathon begins at points in Greenwich Park, St. John’s Park and Shooter’s Hill. The route continues east then heads towards the City with Tower Bridge as the half-way mark. The runners will pass through Embankment then will complete the course at The Mall by Buckingham Palace.
The event is divided into categories with groups such as wheelchair participants, elite women and elite men, all with different start times. The mini-marathon, a three-mile race for young runners, begins first.
Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by the duchess, Prince William and Prince Harry. It aims to raise awareness around issues pertaining to mental illness.
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Marathon Sells Muscular-Dystrophy Drug to PTC After Pricing Scrutiny

Marathon Pharmaceuticals has struck a deal to sell its muscular dystrophy treatment to PTC Therapeutics, two weeks after a group of U.S. senators began scrutinizing the steroidal drug’s pricing.
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Boston Marathon Survivor Is Engaged To Firefighter Who Saved Her Life

Roseann Sdoia, a Boston Marathon bombing survivor, is marrying the firefighter who rescued her on April 15, 2013.

Sdoia had been standing by the finish line of the marathon for about 15 minutes waiting for her friends to cross when her life completely changed. 

Shortly after the first pressure cooker bomb went off, a second one, which Sdoia was standing in close proximity to, detonated.

“Initially, I was thinking that I was going to die right there, unless someone helps me,” she told CBC News.

In the hospital, my mom tried to set me up with him
Roseann Sdoia on how her romance with Mike Materia began.

After a stranger made her a tourniquet using his own belt, Mike Materia, a firefighter, saw Sdoia on the ground, swept her off the sidewalk and transported her to the hospital. Along the way he comforted her.

“I asked him if I was going to die. And he told me that I was going to be OK, that I only had a flesh wound,” she told the New York Post.

Her right leg was later amputated due to the severity of her injuries.

Materia came by the hospital a few days later to check in when he caught Sdoia’s mother’s eye.

“In the hospital, my mom tried to set me up with him,” Sdoia told the Post.

Her mother’s persistence paid off, and the two struck up a friendship. In fact, when Sdoia left the hospital about a month later, Materia embraced her in front of a crowd of reporters.

A romance soon blossomed. In early December 2016, Materia proposed with a little help from the couple’s dog, Sal, who wore an engraved tag that read: “Mike wants to know … If you’ll marry him.”

On Feb. 1, the happy couple is celebrating their engagement by participating Empire State Building Run-Up in New York City, in which participants run up the 86 floors, taking more than 1,500 steps to benefit charity.

The couple plans on having a small wedding in October or November, according to the New York Post.

The Huffington Post reached out to Sdoia but did hear back by the time of publication. We will update this story accordingly.

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Nicolas Cage Reached Peak Nicolas Cage By Crashing His Own Movie Marathon

Your favorite Nicolas Cage movie says a lot about you. If you prefer “Con Air,” you may be a mullet apologist. If you choose “The Wicker Man,” you may want to reconsider.

Every year the Alamo Drafthouse theater honors the Oscar-winning actor by screening a curated selection of five movies starring Cage, who has developed a cult following over the years. Film programmer Greg MacLennan has tried to arrange for the actor to bless Caged (stylized C4GED) with his presence for the past three years with little luck. 

The fourth iteration of Caged was held over the weekend in Austin, Texas, and this time Cage himself crashed the movie marathon by surprising his fans onstage. He even crafted the lineup himself, choosing to screen “Bangkok Dangerous,” “Joe,” “Bringing Out the Dead,” “Army of One” and “Lord of War” back-to-back.

“This is and will always be the greatest day of my life,” MacLennan said in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly. “I apologize to my unborn future child.”

And yet, things got even more strange when Cage decided to recite Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” for the audience because, at that point, why the hell not?

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TCM Plans 24-Hour Debbie Reynolds Marathon in 2017

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The White House is Holding a Gaming Marathon Today

Starting at 1pm PT / 4pm ET / 9pm GMT / 8am AEDT today, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal will be hosting The White House Competitive Gaming Event on Twitch.

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King of Clubs: The Great Golf Marathon of 1938

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‘The Simpsons’ Launches On FXX With Longest Continuous Marathon Ever

FXX is planning 12 days that will put that Christmas song to shame.

This summer, the FXX network will launch “The Simpsons” in style with a 12 day marathon, showing all 552 episodes consecutively. The marathon will start August 21st and continue through Labor Day.

“It will be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” said chief executive of FX Networks Jon Landgraf at an upfront presentation held in New York on Wednesday, reported Variety.

In addition to the marathon, FXX will make use of their $ 750 million dollar investment by showing four hours of episodes every Sunday this fall.

A new “Simpsons” app, which will provide access to every episode of the series, is also planned to debut in the coming weeks.


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Stolen Moment of the Week: The Keith and The Girl Marathon

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Keith Malley and Chemda Khalili
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Astoria, New York
When:
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Podcast pioneers Keith and The Girl hosted an ambitious 38 hour marathon of comedy from their studio in Astoria. I sat in for just a few hours on Sunday; more photos here.
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