Running to Heaven: The Story of Marie Bilodeau is a book by her son Ryan Bilodeau about a Woonsocket, RI, woman who ran her church’s food pantry with an oxygen tank in her hand and a smile on her face. The biography was written to inspire those with chronic illness. Marie Bilodeau lost her husband Jean in her 40’s, and alone raised her two youngest children during their teenage years. During these years she lived through multiple heart attacks, kidney failure, lung calcification and major surgeries on her legs and lungs, while also requiring oxygen and dialysis. Disabled and living on SSI, Marie was still generous enough to help the poor of the city at her parish food pantry.
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