Transcript for NYC Marathon Runner's Inspirational Story
Test Finally tonight, more than 50,000 runners hit the pavement here in New York, crossing bridges and dodging potholes for 26.2 miles. But one runner particular game new meaning to the term mission accomplished. Here is ABC's John donvan. Reporter: They had all reasons for getting to the finish line today. But this woman, running her second marathon ever, would have hers waiting across the finish line. Her name is Jessica Berman. She ran her first marathon back in 2004 with her husband, brad. Brad was going to repeat in new York last year. Running was big for him. I was running four or five days a week. And that is how I started my day. Reporter: But brad never got to the starting line last year. Jessica remembers the phone call. Brad basically told me to come right home. Something wasn't right. Reporter: It was a stroke from a congenital brain malformation that required serious surgery. Never in a million years my healthy 37-year-old husband was having a stroke. Reporter: He came out of it unable to master the left side of his body and a long, long way to go to what he wants to do again some day. He was telling me in his really brain injured state, I want to run again. Reporter: For now, he is learning to walk again with robotic support, paid for by donations that Jessica and her friends raised money for. So, there was today, Jessica run for brad. I never really wanted to run another marathon. And certainly certainly not without him. Reporter: Well, she did. And this afternoon, she finished and waiting for her, brad and the boys. I'm proud of myself. I never thought I could do something like that alone. Reporter: Because what is a marathon if not a long, long way to go. John donvan, ABC news, Washington.
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