It Took Her 9 Hours, But What This Grandma Got at the Finish Line of a Marathon Made It SO Worth It!


When 77-year-old Sondra Rose finally crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon this past weekend, it was dark out, and most people had already gone home. But that didn’t stop this Cedarhurst, NY grandma of four from celebrating in a sweet and simple way.

And at the finish line, just waiting to scoop her up in the biggest, most loving embrace we’ve ever seen was her husband, Marvin, who had just three words for her: “You made it.”

“He thinks I’m wonder woman,” Rose told ABC News about her biggest fan.

Their adorable post-race hug and kiss wasn’t the only heartwarming thing about Rose’s accomplishment. She was also proud to have raised more than $14,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, a charity that’s been near and dear to her heart ever since her grandson, Jack, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma back in 2008 at age 3.

Our other favorite part of this story? At one point during the race, a sweeper vehicle came by to ask her and another walker if they needed a ride.

“I said, ‘Oh no. We’re going to be at the finish line,’” Rose recalled. “When I started, I knew I was finishing.”

We’re proud of her determination, but not nearly as proud as her hubby. Just watch.


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