A Hanna man who made history last spring by running in the Boston Marathon has been honoured by the recipient of all the money he raised.

Dean KroetchDean Kroetch. Photo submitted.Dean Kroetsch raised more than $50,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

"I'm not a fast runner: I'd never qualify for the Boston Marathon as far as time goes, but I did qualify through the fund raising efforts that I had through (the) Leukemia-Lymphoma Society," he told Drum FM. "I do that in honour of my dad (Alfred), who is a survivor of leukemia."

Kroetsch has been honored with the Society's Hero Award.

"If you make over $50,000 fund raising in a year down in the States, then they recognize you with this Hero Award," he explained. "When I asked up here in Canada about it they said they didn't do it here yet; and so, I asked them about it and they said well geez, maybe we should do something with it."

While he can check the Boston Marathon off his bucket list, Kroetsch isn't done raising money for leukemia and lymphoma research and treatment.

"I'm fund raising again for a race; I'm thinking I'll probably do it in either the Calgary Marathon coming up in the spring or I might do it for a winter, January 1st resolution run," he outlined. "I have an account that I've started up to do some more fund raising."

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