Heart patient, his doctor running Hartford Marathon together

(WTNH)–Thousands of people are getting ready for the Hartford Marathon on Saturday, and two of them have quite the story to tell. At 58 years old, Bill Donovan had a mild heart attack. About a year later, he went into cardiac arrest.

Donovan went through numerous procedures, and had to have stents put in his heart. He wanted to get back to his passion of running, and running marathons. He credits his progress to his cardiologist at UConn Health Center.

In fact, the duo will be running the marathon this year–together.

“I had to go back to square one, where it wasn’t after a month of resting that I could go back to where I had been,” Donovan said. “I had to go back to walking and running a little bit at a time, and build it up from there.”

“Bill was so inspiring to me that, I’m not a runner, I was active, I bike a lot, but I never ran long distance, he was so inspiring to me and told me, one day if I run, you should,” said Dr. Heiko Schmitt.

Donovan says he loves to run to raise money for charity. He and his doctor will be joined by a team of runners from UConn Health. The money they raise will go to the Calhoun Caridology Center.

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