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Man with cerebral palsy to compete in Hartford Marathon

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Kevin Toomey and Greg Salavka will compete in the Hartford Marathon (WFSB) Kevin Toomey and Greg Salavka will compete in the Hartford Marathon (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The Eversource Hartford Marathon is being held this Saturday, and while thousands of runners will hit the pavement, not all will be using their feet.

Greg Selavka was born with cerebral palsy, stopping him from fully participating in sports, until high school health teacher, and longtime runner, Kevin Toomey came into the picture.

"He is a strong, unique determined young man who has fought all adversity since the first day he was here on the earth," said his mother Anne Selavka.

"He's gone through 14 major surgeries over the course of 25 years, we've spent a lot of time in the hospital," said his father Mark Selavka.

This Saturday, the two men will become one athlete as they hit the pavement for the Eversource Hartford Marathon.

“Greg and I will be pushing in the half, and for us it's very exciting for us to do that,” Toomey said.

For Greg’s parents, it’s a proud moment, after a lifetime of struggle for their son.

"To have him be in that elite line of people who have worked and can do that on their own and for him to be able to participate and be with them is just a dream come true, it really is," Anne Selavka said.

Team Hoyt and Ainsley’s Angels are the two organizations that help make the “push racing” teams possible.

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