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Running to Fight Cancer

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Addie Olson

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This summer, a team of 160 cancer survivors and supporters are running 4,000 miles across America for the Million Dollar Marathon held by Above and Beyond Cancer.

It's a journey that's being taken leg by leg, and Tuesday runners made their way from Adel to Des Moines.

Step by step and stride by stride cancer survivors, those still battling, and their supporters are making their way across the nation.

"I run a marathon today, I'll do chemotherapy on Thursday," said runner Scott Mills.

Mills has non–Hodgkin lymphoma. Each leg of the trip today brought proud smiles to his family, but they said he's not running the 31 miles for himself.

"It's just our small way of saying thank you to our loved ones and friends for supporting us," said Mills' wife.

Another runner, Jodi Larson, doesn't have cancer, but bands on her arms symbolize everyone she's known who has.

"I'm running for my mom who lost her battle to breast cancer two years ago," said Larson.

Not all of the bands stand for those who didn't make it. They're using memories of the ones they've lost as strength to run for the ones still fighting.

"It's sad," said Larson of the symbolic bands that line her arms. "But I think we're running for hope that it won't be sad."

The goal is to raise one million dollars to fight cancer. Right now they're half way across the country and almost half way to that goal.

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