Bay To Breakers Highlight Show 1987 - Bill Horton

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A KPIX-TV highlights show presented by Wayne Walker and Diana Nyad for the 76th Bay To Breakers race in San Francisco on May 17th 1987. This segment is narrated by Richard Hart and features scenes of William K. "Billy" Horton (1955-1988) taking part in the race with his family and partner Bob Holloway. Horton is a San Francisco State University alum who was diagnosed with Kaposi's sarcoma in 1985 (a cancer associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Bill's brother John Horton explains: "It's basically keeping the family unit together ... and ... Bill's strength keeps us holding up." Includes views from the summer of 1986 when the Horton family climbed Half Dome together in Yosemite National Park, which was covered by Ch.5's Evening Magazine in a report called 'Last Climb'. Bill Horton was suffering from considerable pain in his legs caused by tumors during this 1987 Bay To Breakers race and his family pulls him around for most of the course in a specially desgined chariot wheelchair, before he gets up to run the last 250 yards across the finish line with them. This segment was produced by Michael Hoff. The TV Archive would like to thank Bill's brother John Horton for preserving and graciously providing access to the media. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

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