CHICAGO -- Jon Lavender’s health continued to fail and he knew he needed a heart transplant. Shortly thereafter he got the news saying a donor heart had become available.
Now to mark the 10th anniversary of his heart transplant, he's running the Chicago Marathon. His sister Jennifer came up with the idea.
Jen says her brother’s journey has been difficult but inspirational.
In fact, during his training, which he started earlier this year, he suffered a setback. But with the help of his doctors and his trainer, he pushed forward.
In just a few months, Jon is going to be a new dad, another milestone in his inspirational journey.
Jon Lavender and his family are running to raise funds for the American Heart Association. On Saturday they raised more than $20,000 for the organization. He hopes those funds help inspire others just like he has.