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SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- San Diego resident Allyson Schumacher decided she wanted to join the fight to help end cancer and she plans to do that by running across America, from San Francisco to New York, as part of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
"I have a passion forrunning," said Schumacher. "It's crazy how you can still use that to help make a difference in other peoples' lives."
Schumacher lost her grandparents to cancer, and her aunt battled the disease as well. She says the fact that cancer can strike anyone at any moment motivates her to train diligently for the long journey she faces this summer.
The 23-year-old won't run alone this summer. She has a team of 29 other individuals that will help split the race, leaving Schumacher with a little over 500 of her own miles to run over the course of 49 days. Throughout the duration of the race, the team will stop off at various cancer centers to hand out scholarships and chemo care packages to patients.
"It gives you a wake-up call," said Schumacher. "I mean I have a pretty great life. I'm healthy. I can run. I am able to do this. It put's it into perspective."
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