Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Brotherly love: Jeffrey Russell helps his sister Jessie (who has Lupus) complete the Boston Marathon...

Just when Jessie Russell was about to give up, her brother sprung into action.
The 26-year-old from West Bridgewater, Mass., has been dealing with the effects of lupus since her junior year of high school, according to the Boston Globe. Sunlight can worsen symptoms in people with lupus, but Russell didn't let that stop her from fulfilling her lifelong dream of running the full 26.2-mile Boston Marathon... and her supportive brother did everything to make sure that happened.
He followed along Russell's route, took pictures and cheered, but by the 14th mile, the sun was getting the best of her. Russell had spotted a medical tent in the distance and was ready to quit.
That's when her brother ran to a toy store, CBS Boston reported. He came back with an object that he hoped would help Russell finish the race.
Help came in the form of a child's blue umbrella covered in sharks to represent "her tenacity," Jeffrey, 30, told the Boston Globe.
"If you think it's just the sun," Jeffrey told his sister with the umbrella in hand, according the outlet. "I'll be your medical tent. I'll be your water stop."
The siblings took it slow for the next 12 miles as he held the umbrella above her head, giving her the shade she needed to finish #BostonStrong.
“I just love him," Russell told CBS Boston. "I absolutely could not have finished without him there."