Updated: 06/14/2014 6:13 PM
Created: 06/14/2014 5:42 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
Grandma's Marathon is just a week away, and thousands of runners are training hard for the big day. Some are also racing to stomp on pancreatic cancer, but they need all the help they can get.
Over 200 runners are part of Team Hope raising $80,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, but they have the lofty goal of making that $120,000 with just 7 days until the starting gun.
The marathon is grueling, but Jenny Falk says Team Go Big or Go Home is ready for the challenge. She says they are inspired by her mother who passed away from pancreatic cancer.
“That name actually comes from my mom's eulogy my brother and I gave. That was kind of what we used to describe her. It's just kind of how she lived her life is go big or go home,” Falk says.
Her team is just one of 24 under the Team Hope umbrella. Falk says raising money to fight pancreatic cancer means a lot to her family.
“It's just nice to be able to do something positive in the name of pancreatic cancer when you usually associate it with devastation. That's how we felt with our family,” Falk says.
Catherine Coleman also lost her mother to pancreatic cancer and says the money helps families like hers.
“Absolutely it works for patient care, it does research, but then it also kind of fund raises programs that help families that have lost people,” Coleman says.
They both say the marathon is exhausting, but they stomp on for their lost loved ones.
“When you're running and you think you can't make it anymore then I think back to the hours and hours my mom spend in chemo and radiation and you think I can easily go a few more miles if she could make it through that,” Falk says.
Before the teams start racking up the miles they want your help. They are $40,000 away from their fundraising goal, and you can make donations online by clicking here.
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