iOS app Android app More

Marriage Proposal Video: Cystic Fibrosis Patient Kevin Dwyer Proposes To Girlfriend At NYC Marathon (VIDEO)

First Posted: 11/07/11 03:15 PM ET Updated: 11/07/11 05:38 PM ET

Marriage Proposal

Sunday was a big day for New York City Marathon runner and cystic fibrosis patient Kevin Dwyer -- not only did he finish a grueling 26-mile race, he also proposed to his girlfriend.

In this video of the proposal, Dwyer gets down on one knee at the finish line, popping the question to his girlfriend, Katie Kolb. She screams "Yes!"

Since the spring, Dwyer has been training with Kolb for the New York City Marathon. Out of the 47,000 runners who participate in the race every year, Dwyer is one of few with cystic fibrosis -- a life-threatening chronic disease that clogs lungs with a buildup of thickened mucus.

There is no cure for the disease, which affects more than 30,000 Americans. Despite the fact that the life expectancy of CF patients is about 37 years old, the couple has stayed positive: "I just kind of hold onto the idea that miracles happen daily," said Kolb. "You never know what life is going to throw at you."

And about the proposal? "I just would have no other way," said the newly-engaged bride. "I would be with no other man."

For more memorable proposals, click through the slideshow below:

Loading Slideshow...
  • The Movie Trailer

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Matt Still</a> proposed to his girlfriend Ginny Joiner in this movie trailer--in front of an audience of more than 100 cinema-goers. Matt's elaborate proposal was <a href="" target="_hplink">even covered on CNN</a>. The video, posted in May 2011, has been watched 19 million times to date.

  • Falling For The Right Girl

    Brooke and Josh got engaged on a rooftop, but not before Josh tripped and plummeted four stories! This death-defying proposal was posted in July 2011. More than 5.6 million people have watched it.

  • A Childhood Dream

    It's unclear whether this Disneyland "Fairy Tale" proposal is <a href="" target="_hplink">genuine or just a PR stunt</a>. Regardless, nearly 4.2 million people have watched the video since it was posted in June 2009.

  • Flash Mob

    This guy proposed to his girlfriend, Claudette, with a <a href="" target="_hplink">fully-choreographed flash mob</a> in the middle of New York's Madison Square Park. Apparently people love a choreographed public display of affection--3 million people have watched this video since it was posted in May of 2010.

  • An International Affair

    Charles proposed to his girlfriend Ali on a trip to Spain in October 2009. To date, nearly 2.7 million people have shared in their happy moment.

  • Live TV Fail

    This proposal didn't go quite as well as planned. The awkwardness begins at 1:20--try not to cringe. The unfortunate October 2008 video has been viewed 2.4 million times to date.

  • Reality TV Prank

    This surprise proposal didn't start out very well--Nikki is convinced that her boyfriend Justin is cheating on her. Thankfully, the proposal was <a href="" target="_hplink">part of the Fox reality TV show "Mobbed"</a>. More than 1.5 million people have watched this clip since it was posted in June 2011 (the show <a href="" target="_hplink">returns to Fox Nov. 23</a>).

  • 'I Love You, I Really Do'

    The bride-to-be isn't featured in this video from May 2008--but she <em>did</em> say yes. More than 1.1 million people have watched this proposal.

  • Ruined By A Reporter

    In this video from January 2007, a Fox News reporter spoils Boise State footballer <a href="" target="_hplink">Ian Johnson's surprise proposal</a> to his girlfriend. But not to worry, the head cheerleader does say yes. More than 1.1 million people have watched it happen.

  • Proposal Foul

    Ouch. This guy got rejected at a baseball game. He really feels the sting at 0:16. Since August 2009, more than 1.1 million people have shared his pain.


Filed by Jennifer Lai  |