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Updated: 11/10/2014 08:30:00AM

Doctors told runner she would never walk again

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SUN PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Debi Lantzer gives a thumb’s up as she begins her nightly run to practice for her next half-marathon.

SUN PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Debi Lantzer is on a mission to run 14 half-marathons in 2014. She has completed 10 already.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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Editor’s note: The Sun is presenting stories that highlight people — such as Debi Lantzer of North Port, and Shirley and Prince Bartholomew of Port Charlotte — who have overcome enormous obstacles.

Debi Lantzer was riding high. Life was good. She had kicked a 30-plus-year smoking habit and had actively pursued running — especially half-marathons — to shed what she called “an unadmitted amount of weight.”

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