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.