BOSTON (CBS) – Nearly one year ago, Mary Shertenlieb made national headlines for her emotional Boston Marathon run. On Tuesday, Shertenlieb was celebrated at TD Garden, recognized by the Celtics as the “Hero Among Us” during the game.
Shertenlieb, the wife of Rich from the Toucher & Rich Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, set out to run the 2018 Boston Marathon to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Five years prior to her run, Shertenlieb was diagnosed with leukemia, and beat it even after two relapses and a stem cell transplant.READ MORE: Nearly Half A Million Lose Power As Nor'easter Hits Massachusetts
The 2018 Boston Marathon featured brutal conditions. Shertenlieb was forced to stop at 4 p.m. in the midst of rain, wind and cold weather.READ MORE: Plymouth Homeowners Scramble For Emergency Supplies After Damage From Nor'easter
But when the rain stopped, she returned to the course and crossed the finish line with her husband. After raising more than $30,000 for charity before the race, Mary Shertenlieb finished just after midnight.MORE NEWS: 'The Wind Was Crazy': Almost All Of Scituate Without Power After Nor'easter
When her inspirational story made national headlines, Shertenlieb was able to raise more than $225,000.