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Jon Miller

Walking Marathons

Jon Miller was given just a 15 percent chance of survival when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. The cancer had metastasized to the right side of his brain and hemorrhaged, causing a stroke on his left side. His doctors said he may never walk again.

"If someone tells me I can't do something, I'm going to do everything I can to make it happen," said Jon.

In 2012, with the help of the On With Life Supported Community Living staff, a physical therapist, and his dad, Jon began walking at the Healthy Living Center, working on regaining strength. As he became stronger, he started walking laps and tracking how far he walked each time. Then he set his first challenge: to walk a marathon. He achieved it in the spring of 2012 and now sets even higher goals for himself.

"Having a support team that care about him is extremely instrumental," said Don, Jon's dad. "They motivate him to go out and walk, which is vital for Jonathan's health."

Supported Community Living specialists, like Megan Elsbecker, not only drive Jon to the gym, but often walk along with him.

"I enjoy walking with him and cheering him on," said Elsbecker. "His prognosis to walk again was so slim, so helping him progress and hit these goals is really special."