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College students prepare to run across the nation for a cause.
College students prepare to run across the nation for a cause.

College students run coast to coast for a cure

by niagarau
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 10:50 am

By:Kellie Friga

As a fundraiser for the Ulman Cancer Fund, 30 students will take part in a 4,000- mile run across the country over a 42- day span starting in June. Local Niagara University student Leanne Stuck is one of the 30 embarking on this journey. Stuck is the only student from Niagara University participating in this run.

Stuck, studying communications at Niagara University, is putting herself to the challenge. She heard about the run and the organization through Niagara University alumni Vince Schiano, who took part in a similar fundraiser where he biked across the nation last year.

"Traveling 4,000 miles across the nation this summer is going to be an incredible challenge, but it is nothing compared to the challenge that many face battling cancer," Stuck in response to why she chose this run.

Stuck hopes to not only raise more than the required amount of money for the organization, but also to educate other Niagara University students on the mission and importance of this trip through recording the whole process for her honors thesis.

"This seems like an amazing, crazy, philanthropic journey, and I am glad to see more Niagara students getting involved and supporting the cause not only through donations to the participants, but also in an increase in interest to do something like this themselves," Niagara University student Taylor Combs.

The Ulman Cancer Fund is an organization aimed at supporting, empowering, educating and helping young adults affected by cancer. 4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund that provides service events and creative ideas for raising money and educating society.

One of this year's main events is a coast- to- coast run from San Francisco to Baltimore. The run is a relayed-styled event in which the 30 participants break into teams that will run between eight to 20 or more miles a day. Each participant is responsible to raise a minimum of $4,500 to donate. The donations go directly to cancer patient care through the Ulman Cancer Fund.

Stuck is about halfway to her goal of $5,000. In attempts to reach that goal, she has been making and selling winter head bands and bangle charm bracelets. If interested in purchasing, contact at: [email protected]. For more information or to make a donation, visit http://4kforcancer.org/profiles/leanne-stuck/.


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