The Dallas Running Club Clubhouse is where thousands of runners prepare for Sunday's upcoming marathon, and where one local man regained his footing to pursue the goal of finishing 26.2 miles after nearly dying 16 months ago.
Tall, slender and fit, Brandon Cumby looks like a marathoner. The 34-year-old accountant began training for the Dallas Marathon two years ago, but on Aug. 13, 2012, his plans suffered a major setback.
On his way home from work, Cumby drove to his friend's house in Farmer's Branch after having car trouble.
There, his friends were playing with a remote-controlled helicopter they'd built, and when it got stuck in this tree, Cumby volunteered to retrieve it.
He slipped and fell 25 feet onto the tree root below as electric volts penetrated his 150-pound body. Sparks flew from his belt buckle, his flesh smoldered, his liver was sliced in two, and his back was broken, along with his nose, ribs and skull.
Cumby lost a month of his memory and years of training. He stayed in Parkland's Intensive Care Unit for a month, enduring surgeries to repair his broken bones and organs.
Finally, he was released to his grandparents' house to recover, and slowly, he regained his strength.
His resolve never wavered.
He's completed two half-marathons, but Sunday is the big day
"I've visualized it so many times and the emotions range from super excited to welling up with tears thinking about what that's going to be like," said Cumby.
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