From today's Boston Globe --
It was, as Cynthia Lucero explained to family and friends shortly before she started the Boston Marathon, ''an extraordinary time,'' her ''week of triumph,'' one of the few moments in life when ''everything comes together.''
Her family had traveled from Ecuador to help her celebrate the completion of her doctoral dissertation last week. The topic: how marathons help runners grieve for lost ones.
On Monday, her parents, who speak little English, were positioned at the finish line to celebrate their daughter's fund-raising run for cancer patients. But Lucero, 28, never finished the race.
Shortly before 5 p.m. on her way into Cleveland Circle, Lucero stopped, grew wobbly-kneed, and fainted. By the time she arrived at Brigham and Women's Hospital, she was close to comatose.
Last night, life support systems were removed, and a woman who had competed for the benefit of others became the second runner in the 106-year history of the race to die.
''At this point it is impossible to say why she died,'' Dr. Marvin Adner, the marathon medical director, said last night. ''There could be a dozen reasons. A seizure, heat stroke, spontaneous bleeding; she could have hit her head falling to the street.''
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