Most of us feel very satisfied, and tired, after participating in a charitable 5K race. Now, imagine how you would feel running six or seven of these races every day for a month. While sleeping with 10-12 other people in a constantly moving van. All to raise funds for young adult cancer programs.
This is exactly what a group of extraordinary cancer survivors, volunteers, and staff members of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) accomplished. In partnership with REVOLUTION3 Triathlon, UCF completed a 3,080-mile run from Oceanside, CA to Washington, DC, in only 21 days. The Run Across America raised over $40,000 for UCF programs designed to help meet the unique needs of young adult cancer patients.
Thanks to George Mesthos from All News 99.1 WNEW for his coverage of the finish-line event, held April 16th at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
Also, thanks to Anne Claire Shilton for her piece chronicling the involvement of Debbie and Charlie Patten, Sr. in the Run Across America. Debbie and Charlie and the parents Charlie Patten, Jr., REV3′s founder. The Pattens did just about everything on the journey, from driving the van, cooking breakfast, doing laundry, and even stretching their legs to run a few miles along the way. Ms. Shilton’s story appears in the Fort Meyers News-Press.