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10,000 Mile Run to Help Fight Cancer

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Landon Cooper in the Miles 2 Give RV Landon Cooper in the Miles 2 Give RV
SPOKANE, Wash. - One runner passed through Spokane Saturday on his mission to run the entire perimeter of the United States to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.

“That's warrior princess Claire from Jersey,” Landon Cooper, the founder of Miles 2 Give, explained while pointing to a picture on the wall of his RV.

Pictures of survivors, words of hope, and thousands of signatures cover the walls inside the Miles 2 Give RV. It is the signatures of survivors that keep them going.

“When people come in here they see they're not alone in the fight and they're not alone in the struggles of losing someone to cancer,” Cooper said.

Landon Cooper, along with his team of runners, is on a cross-country journey to raise money and awareness for a rare form of cancer called Sarcoma.

“Sarcoma cancer affects about 12,000 to 14,000 Americans a year,” Cooper said. “It's very rare, very evil, and there are not a lot of set in stone treatment options.”

This is the second year Landon has run for a cure. This time though, he started in Times Square in New York, and plans to run the perimeter of the United States. It is a journey that will total 10,000 miles by the time the group is finished.

“So far in two years of running for a cure, and inspiration, and love, it has been 6,600 miles I believe,” Cooper said.

Each day he runs, Cooper writes a new name of someone affected by cancer on his face because each mile is in honor of those fighting or those we have lost.

“Today we're running for my beautiful East Coast mama Cindy and also Ashley, that are no longer here with us,” Cooper explained.

It is a long run, but they do it because at the end of the day it is worth it for someone who is fighting against cancer.

“We carry on the message and represent the families,” Cooper said. “If you do have your health don't take it for advantage and if you are healthy, what are you doing about it for people who are not as fortunate?”

Cooper says he hopes to make it to Seattle by next weekend. He also hopes to have every mile sponsored, so if you want to follow the journey or dedicate a mile to someone you know battling cancer head to www.miles2give.org or find them on Facebook or Twitter by searching Miles 2 Give.

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