Boy, 3, overcomes great obstacles to take part in the 10th Annual Palm Beaches Marathon

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - "Does that part of your brace hurt your leg," asks a physical therapist at the Paley Institute in West Palm Beach.

Thousands of children and their families come to the Paley Institute looking for answers.

Options different from the ones they've been given.

"Prosthetics and amputation," said Tory Pierce, mother of 3-year-old Jackson Pierce.

Jackson was born with a rare bone disorder. Faced with the possibility of amputating both his legs, his parents traveled back and forth from their Houston home to Paley so Jackson could get the best treatment.

"We take nothing for granted. To watch him on the monkey bars or ride a tricycle for the first time is a great moment for us."

To inspire other families, Jackson will be running 5k in Sundays 26.2 mile marathon.

Now Jackson can walk, even run, just like any other kid.

"When you have something to look toward, people who are going through the same thing as you, it really helps," said Jackson's dad, Leon Pierce.


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