A relay of runners, including dozens of cancer survivors, is going cross-country to raise money for cancer research and they’ll cut across Nebraska next month.
One of the organizers of the Million Dollar Marathon is Dr. Richard Deming, an oncologist from Iowa, who ran in the first leg of the marathon as it started in Washington state.
Dr. Deming says, “The runners are continuing, passing the baton filled with the names of individuals who have died from cancer as the baton is passed 4,000 miles across the country.”
The relay consists of 160 cancer survivors who are running the traditional 26-point-two miles of a marathon for each leg of the relay.
“This is done to celebrate the strength and the stamina and courage of cancer survivors who have taken up this challenge, not just for themselves, but to raise money that will be used to help with cancer research and to help provide funding for cancer programs,” Deming says.
The runners should arrive in western Nebraska around July 12th and will go through or near several communities through July 15th, including: Imperial, Lexington, Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha.
Deming says you don’t have to wait until then to contribute to the cause on-line.
“You can get to that website at www.aboveandbeyondcancer.org and make a contribution to the individual runners or to the organization as a whole,” Deming says.
The American Cancer Society says about one-third the cancers in the U.S. are due to poor nutrition, physical inactivity and excess weight, all of which are entirely preventable.