Looking Up: Preparing 50 Years to Run 5km

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Rheon Wolske was born with scoliosis. She had three surgeries before turning 25 to help straighten her spine, but last year she went under the knife for a life altering 9-hour operation.

Doctors replaced a broken rod in her spine which has straightened her back from almost a 50-degree angle to only 15-degrees.

Following six months of physical therapy the 65-year old grandma wants to do something she couldn’t physically do for so long.

“I know I don`t look it but I feel 20 years younger. I have so much energy now,” Rheon said.

Rheon set her goal at 3.1 miles - a 5K with her son.

Three to four days a week she runs when not too long ago, she could barely walk.

“It would be easier to give up and say you`ve got all these great excuses. You`ve had four major back surgeries, you`ve gone through this your whole life, nobody is expecting you to do anything like this, but mostly I`m just challenging myself. I know I can do this,” Rheon said.

Almost 50-years after her first surgery there`s no doubt she will.


  • Cali Peterson

    I too, am interested in the Dr’s name! My mom has been suffering from scoliosis and contemplating surgery. Thank you! ~Cali Peterson

  • Mark Gruben

    This lady is my aunt, and we know that Rheon has struggled with scoliosis, and all the medical issues related to it, for most of her life. Despite the many challenges, she has always been the same upbeat, courageous, funny, lovable person, yet it’s not too much to say that this most recent treatment has changed her life. We all wish her the very best!

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