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Runner to race in Marine Corps Marathon; her first event since suffering brain aneurysm

Brooke Sydnor Curran, who suffered brain aneurysm, will run in this weekend's Marine Corps Marathon. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. (Amy Aubert, ABC7)

It didn’t take long before Brooke Sydnor Curran was back at it.

“I’m a survivor,” the mother of three, said. “And now, because I’ve survived, I have to continue to kind of crush, crush this life!”

She’s crushing this life, one step at a time. Just six months ago, while out on a run, the unthinkable happened.

“It was like a thunderclap headache,” she explained. “Immediately, like a sledgehammer hit my head.”

She suffered a brain aneurysm.

“There was so much blood in my brain that it took eight days for them to be able to even identify what was wrong—I mean, they knew what was wrong, but where it was and what they could do about it,” she said.

After a month in the hospital and continuous physical therapy, she says she’s thankful.

“I shouldn’t be here today. I mean, I should, but I’m a one percent of a one percent,” said Curran.

The avid runner isn’t letting that hold her back. With 116 marathons under her belt, the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday will be her first since it all happened.

“If anybody out there sees this crazy woman, maybe in a shirt like this,” she said, smiling and referencing her bright pink shirt that shows the name of her nonprofit, Running Brooke, “that is smiling and crying at the same time, it’s me. And this is why.”

She started Running Brooke, a nonprofit that encourages at-risk kids to stay active, in 2009. She says they’re encouraging children to be active in schools and their group has helped build two area playgrounds so far.

You can find out more about Running Brooke by visiting runningbrooke.org.

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