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Misty Diaz, 29, of Long Beach, Calif., will run the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on Saturday and stay with the family of a Emma McDonald, 7, who also has spina bifida.

Woman with spina bifida turns from pain pills to running

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More than 1,600 miles and a half-dozen states separate Jennifer McDonald and Misty Diaz, but the two women who have never met are connected by a common bond.

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