Leanne Stuck of Amherst is training for the journey of a lifetime.
"This challenge is going to be bigger than anything I've ever done in my life and I think it's just a great opportunity to take advantage and give back," Stuck said.
The Niagara University senior and Sweet Home grad is joining 26 other college students for a 4000 mile relay run through 48 states in 42 days. It's called the 4K for Cancer Run benefitting the Ulman Cancer Fund.
"Honestly cancer affects everyone. And I think that's why initially why I started it. And this challenge is going to be mentally and physically challenging for me. But it's nothing compared to what people go through who are diagnosed with cancer."
Leanne held fundraisers, car washes, raffles, even crocheted and sold headbands to raise nearly $5000 in donations- all of which will go directly to patient care.
"To see the community come together to help me like this was incredible. I had family, people I didn't even know donating to the cause because they knew it was such an incredible journey."
And the best part of her journey, she says, will actually be when she stops running- because that's when she gets to meet the people she's running for.
"We get to go into different hospitals all across the United States and offer our donations and visit with them."
Running through the suburban streets of Amherst can't really prepare her physically for the desert in Death Valley, the mountainous Rockies, and the hot and humid south... but she knows mentally, she's ready.
"What's going to keep me going is knowing that I'm helping so many people along the way."
And that's what makes Leanne Stuck a "Good Neighbor" from coast to coast.
You can read Leanne's blog about her journey here.
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