Former resident runs NYC Marathon to honor father

Former Wilton resident Marisa Roman participated in this year’s TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 5, and raised more than $5,530 for the American Lung Association of the Northeast.

Roman, who now lives in Massachusetts, decided to run the 26-mile-long marathon through all five New York City boroughs in hopes of contributing to research and awareness for Pulmonary Fibrosis — a disease that her father, Bill, was diagnosed with in 2013.

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a debilitating disease that causes scarring around the lungs and eventually robs one’s ability to breathe.

On her CrowdRise page, through which she has been raising money, Roman wrote that she specifically chose the NYC Marathon because her dad, who currently lives in Wilton, is a native New Yorker and received a lung transplant at New York Presbyterian Hospital in June 2016.

Although her father received a new lung, Roman said, he “still faces enormous daily challenges as he deals with several complications stemming from the transplant.”

Roman said she and her family are “incredibly grateful” and “lucky” to be able to spend more time with one another because of my her father’s lung transplant.

“There isn't anything like preparing to say goodbye to a parent who is debilitating before your eyes,” she said. “I am extremely grateful to have more time with my dad.”

Roman finished the NYC Marathon in five hours, 26 minutes and 39 seconds.

Click here to donate to Roman’s fund-raiser.

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