Parenthood
Man runs half marathons with mom who has MS pushing her on wheelchair the whole way
When Silvia was diagnosed with MS she was devastated but her son Eric refused to let her sulk about it and together they vowed to make a change and bring awareness to the disease.
Ma Fatima Garcia
11.18.22

It has been six years since Eric Domingo Roldan started running marathons with a special purpose.

He began running out of passion but soon used this method to educate people about MS or multiple sclerosis.

Facebook Video Screenshot / Eric Domingo Roldan
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Facebook Video Screenshot / Eric Domingo Roldan

Multiple sclerosis, according to NHS, is a condition that could affect the brain and spinal cord of a person.

This causes a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, the arms, and legs, and loss of sensation or balance.

Sadly, Eric’s mother, Silvia, suffers from this disease.

Instagram Screenshot / eeriic
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Instagram Screenshot / eeriic

Just recently, Eric ran a half marathon.

He successfully completed the marathon in an hour and a half, but this young man wasn’t alone.

In his victory, he had someone with him, his beloved mother, Silvia.

Instagram Screenshot / eeriic
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Instagram Screenshot / eeriic

Eric had pushed his mom along the entire marathon in her wheelchair.

Silvia and Eric felt so accomplished and happy when they finished the course.

After completing the marathon, Eric gave his mother a sweet kiss, while his mom was teary-eyed because of their victory.

Instagram Screenshot / eeriic
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Instagram Screenshot / eeriic

With their emotional video, you’d think this was the first time to complete a marathon.

The truth is, they have been doing this for quite some time now.

Just last year, Eric and Silvia ran 26 miles.

Eric pushed his mother’s wheelchair and completed the marathon in just 02:53:28 hours.

This led the duo to be included in the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records.

Facebook Video Screenshot / Eric Domingo Roldan
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Facebook Video Screenshot / Eric Domingo Roldan

The duo’s amazing performance allowed them to set a new unofficial record for the fastest marathoner pushing a wheelchair.

It was noted that Eric’s average speed was 4:07 per km or 6:37 per mile.

When you hear a doctor’s diagnosis, it takes some time to accept it.

Facebook Video Screenshot / Eric Domingo Roldan
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Facebook Video Screenshot / Eric Domingo Roldan

It hurts to know that you have a condition and that you could no longer do the things that you love, but it’s still up to you if you would let this stop you or not.

For Silvia, having MS was devastating, but she had Eric.

Eric is a fighter and knows how to cheer up his mother. Instead of sulking and feeling hopeless, the duo vowed to make a change.

Facebook Video Screenshot / Eric Domingo Roldan
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Facebook Video Screenshot / Eric Domingo Roldan

Since then, they both fell in love with sharing awareness and running marathons, plus, being active and having a son who’s always there her you made everything easier for Silvia.

“I have no words, it’s probably the best thay of my life. We had dream and we did it. But, as always, we weren’t alone, if it wasn’t for MY FAMILY❤️ and ALL THE SUPPORT❤️ That won’t be possible,” Eric captioned on his Instagram post.

Facebook Video Screenshot / Eric Domingo Roldan
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Facebook Video Screenshot / Eric Domingo Roldan

As for Silvia, instead of being confined in a room, she is thankful that she could feel the warm air on her face, see beautiful landscapes, feel this peace inside her, and of course, the freedom that she feels when she’s running with her son.

Eric and Silvia refused MS to dictate their future. They refused to be limited by this diagnosis.

Facebook Video Screenshot / Eric Domingo Roldan
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Facebook Video Screenshot / Eric Domingo Roldan

Instead, they became an inspiration to others, and to each other.

Check out the inspirational story of Eric and Silvia by following their Instagram account here.

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By Ma Fatima Garcia
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Ma Fatima Garcia is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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