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February 23, 2021

Hoda Kotb Talks about How Her Brother Helped Her Get through a Physically Challenging Situation

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"Today" show co-anchor Hoda Kotb shared an emotional story with her colleague, Jenna Bush Hager, and viewers, detailing how her brother is always willing to go the extra mile for her. 

On Monday's episode of "Today," co-host Hoda Kotb shared an inspiring story with her co-anchor, Jenna Bush Hager, and the viewers, recalling how her brother helped her get through a difficult situation. 

During the show, Kotb and Hager discussed 21-year-old Jasmine Harrison, who recently made history by becoming the youngest woman to row across the Atlantic. 

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Both women then talked about how their own feats of endurance paled compared to Harrison's when Hoda narrated her experience when she ran the Boston Marathon. 

She described how she was fatigued at the last six miles and thought she could not make it to the finish line, especially with Boston's notorious Heartbreak Hill still ahead of her. 

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However, Hoda's spirits were lifted after her brother, Abel, with his street shoes, jumped in and ran the last six miles with her. Hager was surprised by her co-host's revelation.

She asked her if she told her brother she could not complete the race or if he just read it in her eyes. Hoda explained that Abel read it in her eyes.

Hoda is regarded as one of the nicest television presenters, which is largely due to her support for numerous charities.

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Hoda recalled how Abel persevered to encourage her and said she vividly remembers every detail from that experience. She said she remembers how they crossed the line together like it was yesterday. 

The 56-year-old said the experience is funny because she and Abel still talk about the moment, and she still remembers the loafers he was wearing when he finished the race with her. Hager added: 

"That's simply love at its best."

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Abel is one part of Hoda's beautiful family. The television personality also has a sister, Hala Kotb, with whom she also shares a close relationship. The siblings' mom is Sameha Kotb, while their dad died in 1986, aged 51.  

Besides her mom and siblings, Hoda also shares an adorable family with her fiancé, Joel Schiffman. The couple is parents to two adoptive daughters, Hope Catherine and Haley Joy. 

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Hoda is regarded as one of the nicest television presenters, which is largely due to her support for numerous charities in her lifetime. Some of the charities she has supported include Alzheimer's Association, Autism Speaks, and Save the Children.

She also donated a portion of the proceeds from her 2018 children's book, "I've Loved You Since Forever," to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

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Hoda is most vocal about raising awareness for breast cancer, which may be connected with the fact that she underwent a mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and eventually survived the deadly disease. 

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