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Beginning on July 3rd, 2010 five runners will be running across the state of Florida (200+ miles) in hopes of raising awareness and money for cancer research. This is not a relay.  This is five runners trying to cover 200+ miles side-by-side.  One of the runners, Caley, recently lost her grandmother to cancer. The grandmother fought hard for several years, but ran out of time before a cure could be found. So this year Caley's brother and her decided to try to do something big to help raise money for cancer research and to help ease the financial burden on the families of those fighting this terrible disease. They wanted to do something that would be very challenging and physically demanding. Because, despite the discomfort that they will be feeling, it's nothing compared to what others are going through. Her brother, boyfriend, and her have teamed up with Lazarex Cancer Foundation and will be donating 100% of the money raised to their foundation.

Lazarex Cancer Foundation builds a bridge to hope, dignity and life for cancer patients and their families. They provide financial assistance to defray the costs associated with patient participation in FDA clinical trials. Additionally, they help patients navigate their clinical trial options and provide community education and outreach services.  Their mission is to provide resources for cancer patients who’ve been told they have no other options, but who are not yet done with their journey in life and refuse to give up now.

As Caley put it, "Our goal is to raise at least $5,000.00 by the time we start our long journey. Honestly, if you can donate $1 it would go a long way into helping people who really need it.  Please help me get the word out there!".

The running group has grown to Brodie Webber (Sanford), Caley Webber (Sanford), Daniel Pacheco (her boyfriend from Lake Mary), Nick Ribble (Clearwater), and Jenny Walls (a Lazarex employee from Seattle Washington).  They will be covering just over 200 miles from Clearwater to Daytona Beach.  They expect to take approximately 6 days, at a rate of 30 - 40 miles per day.  In the month of July in Florida that is a daunting task, but they hope to do most of the running in the early morning or after dusk.  Still, this is quite a challenge, but we believe in them.  We hope you do too and will help the cause.

Lazarex.jpgI recently lost my father-in-law to cancer and almost lost my father a few years ago.  I, for one, am rooting for them!

They are currently trying to locate a support crew and sponsors, so if you can help out please contact Caley at:

Donations can be made at

Thank you so much for all of your support!

Please note that all donations made are tax deductible. 

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