Hundreds of runners and walkers started their day in downtown Des Moines. They showed up in support of Above + Beyond Cancer’s Million Dollar Marathon. The runners stopped in the metro on their 40 day cross-country trek. The event is raising awareness and money for cancer research.
“Five miles there, six miles there. It's been magnificent to watch the baton go across the country,” says Steve Cannon with the Million Dollar Marathon.
The baton is filled with prayer flags that represent survivors and people who have passed away from cancer. So far, it has logged 2500 miles in the Coast to Coast for Cancer trek.
“Everyone in some way shape or form has been touched by cancer,” says Kim Price of Des Moines.
Price is a Stage IV lymphoma survivor. Surrounded by family and friends, the mother of four is counting her blessings.
“There's so much energy behind this, it's been awesome. It's been a very cool adventure,” she says.
“I'm proud that I'm standing up for people who have cancer,” says 9-year-old Jake Tassin.
Tassin is running for his mom who beat lung cancer and his dad who survived brain cancer.
“The past 2.5 years have been crazy and it's been quite a journey, but it's not been for the worse,” says mom, Lori Tassin.
Runners with the Million Dollar Marathon are about half way to their goal.
“We have 16 days to raise a half mill and to have a half million raised so far is an incredible amount, but the million is the goal,” says Cannon.
With each step, the group is remembering loved ones lost and celebrating those who survived.
“We're going to go out and inspire and support other people,” says Price.
“The minute that one of these cancer survivors walks one step with the baton, then the event's a success,” says Cannon.
The runners are spending the night in Grinnell. They started in Washington and will arrive in Delaware on July 31st.
To donate to the cause, go to http://coasttocoastforcancer.org/