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Apr 15, 2016 6:12 PM

Concord man beats heart failure, inspires friends to raise $50,000 in Boston Marathon

CONCORD - A man who owns a gym in Concord overcame two major heart surgeries to run the Boston Marathon in support of heart health.

Jeremy Woodward joined Tedy Bruschi's team, inspired by how the 3-time Superbowl-winning linebacker survived a life-threatening stroke.

"The last time I had it, I was in congestive heart failure," Woodward said. "I barely, barely made it through... I said if I have the opportunity to do things like this, I want to do it."

Woodward's friends were amazed by his recovery.

Marshall Crane, a fellow marathon runner and friend, said "when he crossed the finish line, I looked at my fiancé and I was like: I've got to find a way to get on the team for next year."

"Myself, perfectly healthy my whole life- you know if he can do it, why can't I do it?" said JR Linden, another marathon runner and friend. "Why can't I spin off his motivation?"

Marshall Crane, marathon runner, and friend said "I used to be the kid in Kenmore Square, you know? Trying to hand over beers, waters to people, so I've always been on the other side of the fence, but to be on the inside of the fence- and it's an hour from us... down 93. To be part of this is very very special."

With inspiration of Woodward's story- Crane is running for the Greg Hill foundation and Linden has raised over 25,000 dollars for the Boston Children's hospital. Between the three of them- they hope to raise $50,000 for charity by Monday.

"On race day there's going to be 30,000 plus runners participating, and there are 30,000 plus stories to be told- there are 30,000 plus people who sacrificed a lot to make that happen," Woodward said.

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