Spartan Race Commends Blind Cancer Survivor for Participating in Indiana Jr. Spartan Race

On April 27, 2013, Spartan Race announces that Matthias Vescelus, one of the five 2013 St. Baldrick's Foundation Ambassadors, will be participating in the Jr. Spartan Race.

According to the Spartan blog, when Matthias three months old he "was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare cancerous tumor in his eyes. He spent the majority of his first year fighting for his life and endured six months of chemotherapy. Near the end of treatment, his main tumors started growing again and despite his doctor's best efforts, Matthias' eyes were both removed before his first birthday." He "is now cancer free and hasn't let blindness hold him back."

Matthias is planning to compete in the Jr. Spartan Race at the Indiana Spartan Race on April 27th, 2013 as a St. Baldrick's Foundation Ambassador. This will be the first obstacle course race or mud race for Matthias. He will be joined in Indiana by his mother, father and brother. The St. Baldrick's Foundation's mission is to raise money to fund childhood cancer research. The Jr. Spartan Race is a shorter obstacle course designed for 4-13 year olds and is held at all US Reebok Spartan Races.

Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of the Spartan Race, applauds Matthias for his infectious spirit and bravery. "Matthias is a true Spartan! What an incredible kid! He's proof that you can overcome any obstacle life throws at you. We're thrilled to have Matthias and his family at our event in Indiana."

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