By Carrie Adams

Being a Spartan is about surviving and overcoming.  We hear stories all the time of people who inspire us.  Here is a story of a 22-year-old Baltimore man who defied death and is looking forward to a Spartan event in New York.

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Vince LaMartina, age 9

When then nine-year-old Vince LaMartina arrived at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, MD, the doctors were baffled. His skin had a purplish tint, blisters were forming in his mouth and throat, and the original strep throat diagnosis was now clearly mistaken. Diagnosed with a rare and rapidly progressing form of Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP), Vice was checked into the Critical Pediatric Unit and the LaMartina family could only hope that one of the best hospitals in the world could save their son.

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