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Why He Runs

Written by David Andersen '14

photo of Steve Bell '06

The doctors called his cystic fibrosis “failure to thrive,” but even that couldn’t keep Steve Bell ’06 from running six marathons in under four hours each.

In a promotional video for Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bell gave the world a glimpse of his constant battle with a chronic, progressive lung disease: from inhalers and nebulizers to his daily 50- to 70-pill intake to the special vest he uses for loosening mucus in his chest.

Cystic fibrosis causes excess mucus to build in the lungs, affecting breathing and digestion. The disease is chronic and life threatening, and Bell, who was diagnosed at just three months old, has been dealing with it his entire life.


"I run because I enjoy it,” Bell says. “I also run because it’s a form of treatment—and because I can." Bell works in New York City as an account supervisor for Havas, a global advertising, digital, and communications company.

For the latest updates on Bell's races and work in raising funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis, visit his website and blog at www.outrunningtheodds.com.



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