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Sean Mullen is looking beyond himself

Mullen kept his mother in Rutland updated on his runs that have benefited the society. The money raised goes to research to help in the ongoing battle against a disease that claims thousands of lives annually in the United States.

The in-shape runner's mother finally got the good news that her son had completed race number 36 just in time for his 40th birthday a few weeks ago.

"On the day of my 40th birthday," Sean said, "I received an e-mail that stated 'I would like to make a charitable contribution to get you to your $40,000 goal. It looks like right now the total of my gift would be $7,000.' When I received this e-mail-not while I was driving mind you-I was stunned; I almost fell off my chair. I was emotionally charged all day."

Mullen credits the fundraising success to finding a goal greater than himself.

"I think that people need to look beyond themselves for something bigger-a chance to make a bigger impact in this world. If I have the opportunity to do that and further LLS goals and missions and help another kid or adult put another candle on their cake, then so be it-I am gonna do it," he said.

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