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Naperville Couple Completes Boston Marathon

Meadow Glens Elementary teacher Chris Benyo and his wife Denise DiMarzo just returned home after completing their second Boston Marathon race together.

For five years now, Denise has been battling the motor neuron disease ALS, which has made racing difficult, but something she and her husband believe they can accomplish, no matter what the odds.

“I’ve always known Denise as one in a million, so it didn’t surprise me that she is one of 20,000 who’s lived with ALS for more than five or more years and we’ll just keep doing what we can. I truly don’t have to look very far when I’m running to look down and see her smiling and enjoying it, and feeling like she has her life back and I think she gets that when she does different marathons,” said Benyo.

This time around Chris and Denise ran for the ALS charity fund UMass Cellucci.

Chris and Denise have run eight marathons together and will soon take off for another on May 1 in New Jersey, Denise’s home state.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.


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