Running for her son, running for a cause

Allison Longest training for a marathon. (WTHR Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Allison Longest is preparing to cross an item off her bucket list.

(Photo provided by family)

She will be running the New York City Marathon in November, while being cheered on by her 5-year-old Zachary. Her son being there not only makes it special but serves as her motivation.

Zachary was just two weeks old when he had his first open heart surgery at Riley Children's Hospital. He was born with aortic stenosis, a bicuspid valve and a hole in his heart.

He stayed at Riley for a month and will require more surgeries as he grows.

For his mother, running a marathon in New York City had been an item on her bucket list. Now she's running it for her son, and raising money for The Children's Heart Foundation.

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