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Chance encounter sparks friendship

The story of a boy and a man who share a common challenge and inspire each other

Updated: August 31, 2010, 1:35 PM ET
By Ben Hobbs | ESPN

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Bill Hansbury is a skinny man, roughly 6 feet tall, with friends in Florida who call him Boston Bill because his accent comes through when he talks about his Massachusetts roots.

A former smoker and drinker, Hansbury, 72, started running more than 40 years ago and has logged marathons and hundreds of road races since. The running was just a start, though.

"I ride a bike about seven days a week," Bill says, smiling, "and I run anywhere ...

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