Created: 04/22/2014 1:08 AM WHEC.com
The phrase, "Boston Strong" was on a lot of runners' minds today. There are a lot of reasons people decided to take on this year's Boston marathon, and one local runner had a story to tell after his amazing race.
News10NBC's Justin Granit caught up with him after the race and he had one wild story to tell.
Greece's Patrick Cutter says he ran the race for his two cousins, who suffer from a rare genetic disorder. Patrick passed out at the finish line of today's marathon with a 103-degree fever. When he recovered, he went to a friend's house. That friend's son died of the same genetic illness.
Said Cutter, "They really helped me to finish the race. Without having them push me along to finish the race, I don't think I would have finished."
Patrick Cutter ran the Boston Marathon for his two cousins, John and Jason. They both have San Filipo's Syndrome, a fatal disease that effects motor and speech skills. Cutter says those 26.2 miles were run to raise awareness and to find a cure, even if that meant pushing his own body to the limits.
Patrick finished the race, and was delusional for about 45 minutes in the medical tent. He eventually reconnected with his family, including his two cousins, after several scary hours.
"I didn't know anybody, because I'm in Boston, I've never been in Boston, I don't know anybody. Then when you start to come to, no one's around you that you know."
Physically spent, Cutter was invited to spend the night at Stuart and Jennifer Sideman's home. Their son Ben died of San Filipo's Syndrome in February. Patrick's aunt and uncle say it's fitting that they all ended up at the Sideman's together.
Debbie Vanderpool, Patrick's aunt and the mother of Jon and Jason, says that because her sons would never be able to run a marathon, every step that Patrick took today was on her sons' behalf.
In the end, Patrick Cutter finished what he set out for; for the love of his cousins, and for the hope of many more miles with them.
Said Cutter, "I was just happy to finish...I needed to finish this race."
Patrick says he'll be right back here next year, running the marathon again to try and find a cure for his two cousins. Maybe, hopefully, that cure will be found around this time next year.