Thomas R. O'Donnell

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The mom and the hurdler: an update

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2019 at 7:44 am
Jill Viles (with her son, Martin) uses an electric scooter to get around. Patricia Lopes-Schliep is a world-class hurdler. The women have discovered they share a rare muscle condition. For Viles, it's part of the reason she can no longer walk. For Lopes-Schliep, it's part of the reason for her dominance on the track.

Jill Viles (with her son, Martin) in 2015 and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep. Image via the Toronto Star.

I’m behind the curve on this (life, you know), but I have an update on one of my most popular posts – one that still gets regular views, partially thanks to search engines, more than three years after it went up.

It’s the story of an Iowa mother who uses a scooter to get around due to a muscle-wasting condition and her strange connection to a world-class athlete.

Although the mother, Jill Viles, is still at it and busy spreading her story, the update is not all happy news.

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