A Williamsport graduate is prepping to run across the country to honor two of her fellow Wildcats who passed away from an extremely rare form of cancer.
Twenty-three-year-old Karrah Weaver has felt the burn of a long run.
She’s a two-time finisher of the notoriously brutal JFK 50 Mile Run.
“For the couple weeks afterwards, I said, ‘I’m never doing this again.’ Then I decided to do it again, and then I just sort of didn’t stop running since then,” Weaver said.
Since she already had no plans of slowing down, Weaver decided that she would lace up her running shoes to honor two her fellow Wildcats, Katie Stains and Josh Forsythe, who both died of Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2010.
Ewing’s Sarcoma is a rare form of cancer that, according to St. Jude’s Hospital research, only 200 people nationwide are diagnosed with the illness each year.
“She was a cheerleader in high school, and then Josh was a trumpet player. They were just very nice and caring people,” Weaver said.
To train for the 49-day run in June, Weaver is averaging about 25 miles per week.
About a month after she graduates, she will begin in San Francisco and won’t stop until she reaches Baltimore – 4,000 miles later.
Although, she’ll have some help. Weaver is part of a 30-man team. Each member is required to raise $4,500 for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults before race day.
Fundraising has been an uphill battle, but Weaver said it’s important for her to press on because so many young people, like Katie and Josh, will never have the chance.
“I just think it’s gonna be a very good experience coming out of school and meeting all these people. I’ve never really been on my own before, and I’m going to meet all these new people and go to the hospitals and deliver chemo bags,” Weaver said.
In addition to chemo-care packages, Weaver and her team will be delivering scholarships to young people across the country who have been impacted by cancer.
Weaver is about $1,500 shy of her goal. To donate, visit her fundraising page.