LI grandma runs NYC Marathon for lymphoma

Sondra Rose, a 78-year-old grandmother from Cedarhurst, ran in the New York City Marathon Sunday to raise money for lymphoma research. It was Rose's second

Sondra Rose, a 78-year-old grandmother from Cedarhurst, ran in the New York City Marathon Sunday to raise money for lymphoma research.

Sondra Rose, a 78-year-old grandmother from Cedarhurst, ran in the New York City Marathon Sunday to raise money for lymphoma research. (11/4/15)

CEDARHURST - Sondra Rose, a 78-year-old grandmother from Cedarhurst, ran in the New York City Marathon Sunday to raise money for lymphoma research.

It was Rose's second full marathon, and she was among the last people to finish. She even turned down a ride to the finish line after time expired. 

Marvin Rose, her husband of 54 years, greeted her at the finish line, nine hours after the start of her run. She says it's not about the time, it's about her grandson.

Rose began running after the couple's grandson, Jack, was diagnosed with lymphoma a little over seven years ago. 

"I had to come to grips with the fact that there was nothing I could do to change the diagnosis, which took me at least a week," Rose says. "Then I said, 'What can I do?'"

Soon after that, she discovered Team in Training, the fundraising arm of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. After training with the program, she has run in 18 half-marathons and one other full marathon, she says, raising about $350,000 in total.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

DogAbility founder and director Sass Levine says the 1 Organization that trains therapy dogs struggles to find new home
The organization says the property and the buildings 2 Civic association fights for action at former psychiatric center
Rockville Centre Police have confirmed that they have 3 NYPD detective charged with public lewdness incidents on LI
Brookhaven Town tore down the Old Ridge Motel 4 Brookhaven Town demolishes Ridge Motel East
Nassau Police are investigating another Carvel robbery, this 5 Police: Carvel robbed at knifepoint in Westbury

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE