Injured car crash survivor trains for Disney marathon


Francine Prescott has run in dozens of races since a drunk driver hit her and left her seriously injured 25 years ago (WPEC)

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) - Francine Prescott survived a horrific crash when a drunk driver hit her 25 years ago.

The Boynton Beach woman endured 14 surgeries as a result and now suffers from Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

"I never knew when these bouts of pain would hit, and they would hit often," Prescott said of the chronic pain.

In the months that followed, Prescott said she struggled to get out of bed and her weight climbed up to 285 pounds.

"It was almost like going to a funeral. I had felt this tremendous sense of loss and I was mourning my former self," she said.

Prescott once thought she would never walk again, but after a wake-up call from her daughter, an elite runner, she knew it was time to make a change -- by walking one block at a time.

"Not a mile, just a block, and then I added another block and then eventually a mile," Prescott said.

Prescott eventually walked 26.2 miles in her first-ever marathon, but it was only the beginning. Now, as her 70th birthday approaches, she is getting ready to run the Disney Marathon in Orlando with the support of sponsors and groups like Cigna and Achilles.

With every step, she says she will not focus on what that drunk driver took from her all those years ago, but what she's gained every day since.

"It was giving me back what was lost. You can take a few pieces and I may have to do it differently, but I can do it. And I'm in control in my life, not the pain," Prescott said.