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Titans Player Helps Cancer Patient Finish Boulevard Bolt

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By Amanda Hara

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For 11 years, Kelsey Towns ran the 5-mile Boulevard Bolt. This year, a rare form of cancer threatened to keep her out of the race until a local celebrity stepped forward.

Titans player Cortland Finnegan helped the high school student to the finish line, not on her two feet but aboard three wheels.

"I've participated since 1999. I had surgery a month ago from today and wanted to do it so Cortland pushed me," said Kelsey.

Kelsey is battling a rare form of cancer called Synovial Sarcoma. She met Cortland during a recent visit to the hospital for a round of Chemo, and they've been friends ever since.

On Thursday, Cortland pushed Kelsey through a sea of people, and eventually over the finish line.

The race also ended with an engagement for one couple. A man ran ahead of his girlfriend and then waited at the finish line with a sign that read, "Will you marry me?" She said, "Yes."

Brock Baker finished first in the race, defeating the reigning champion. Baker is a Nashville native who's actually training to qualify the Olympic trials.

The day was also successful for race organizers, who were able to nearly double the number of runners this year. Proceeds from the run benefit several homeless charities in Nashville.

E-mail: ahara@newschannel5.com 

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