After scaling the Himalayas to conquering Mount Kilimanjaro, cancer survivors and supporters are teaming up for their most ambitious adventure yet. The Million Dollar Marathon will do more than just raise money for cancer research.
“Above + Beyond Cancer was organized in order to elevate the lives of people whose lives have been touched by cancer,” says executive director Charlie Wittmack.
Tuesday, the group announced its new adventure.
“If one person can run a few marathons in a row, raise a little money, what could happen if we could bring an entire country of runners together?” asked Steve Cannon.
Cannon has run in his share of marathon. He completed an impressive 40 marathons in 40 days. This June, a team of 160 runners will cover a 4,000 mile stretch across America. For cancer survivors and supporters, the Million Dollar Marathon is just another step in their journey.
“One can overcome cancer and cancer can actually be a spring-board to teaching you so many things about life,” says Above + Beyond founded and Mercy Cancer Center medical director Dr. Richard Deming.
“I’ve had two sarcomas removed from left arm and I’ve had a sarcoma removed from my right leg,” says Kathy Wennihan.
Wennihan didn’t let an artificial knee keep her from an adventure of a lifetime.
“When I got the opportunity to go to Mount Everest, I thought oh that’s crazy (laughs) but then I thought you know, just do it,” she says.
She decided why not do it again and run in her first marathon.
“I’m just going to give it my all,” says Wennihan.
“If you choose not be part of this, do not say that you can’t,” says Cannon.
Above + Beyond Cancer is taking applications for runners who pledge to raise $7,000 for charity.