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Thankful for Second Chance at Life, Women Train for Half-Marathon

Neither woman was a runner before committing to a half marathon with a team known as the “Lucky 13.”

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    "Lucky 13" to Race in Half Marathon

    Two women who battled back from life-threatening illnesses talk about their plans to run in their first half marathon. (Published Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015)

    Two North County women who have overcome significant health challenges will be running in next weekend’s Tri-City Medical Center Half Marathon in Carlsbad.

    Tina Knight lost her toes, fingers and a kidney to a serious infection 16 years ago.

    Melissa Cappuccilli had a heart transplant just over a year ago.

    They will be donning bright green shirts as they complete what they describe as a life-changing challenge.

    Neither woman was a runner before committing to a half marathon with a team known as the “Lucky 13.”

    The group of individuals from around San Diego County all have or are currently overcoming health challenges. They train with fitness experts at the Tri-City Wellness Center in Carlsbad to prepare for the 13.1-mile race.

    Since she’s been given a second chance at life, Cappuccilli said she saw this as a way to honor her organ donor.

    Knight saw it as an opportunity to learn to run while honoring those who helped her regain her health.

    “To show the nurses and doctors at this hospital for them saving my life 16 years ago, look at where I am today,” Knight said.

    A blog followed the progress of the group whose members range in age from 23 to 60.

    Knight and Cappuccilli gave the program rave reviews.

    “I would encourage anybody that’s facing any of those challenges to apply,” Cappuccilli said.
    “It’s life changing.”

    Both women plan to sign up ro continue the challenge by running in a Triple Crown – three half marathons in one year.