A group of runners making a 4,000 mile journey is making a stop in Evansville.
“We’re a group of people who just met each other and have been stuck in this van together for the last approximately 36 days now” runner Jack Bowling said.
Bowling is one of 27 runners running across the country raising awareness for those suffering from cancer. Many of the runners personally impacted by cancer.
“Both of my grandfathers one who’s been impacted twice but the second time he passed away and it was about ten years ago and then my grandfather on my mother’s side and he has prostate cancer right now” Bowling said.
Every runner of the “4k Run for Cancer” had to raise over $4,000 to participate. They say the money does not go toward cancer research but to patients fighting cancer right now.
“This 4500 dollars is not specifically designated to our driving or food. It’s not our money. It’s our organization’s money” Bowling said.
The runners are running from San Francisco to Baltimore usually they run about 16 miles a day in 2 mile increments.
“They’re just totally amazing kids they’ve each raised, like I said there is 27 of them, 4500 dollars one girl has raised over $11,000” Pam Wrucke with Immanuel Lutheran Church said.
The runners have stopped in Evansville at the Immanuel Lutheran Church.
“We provide them a place to stay and a place to rest they are using Evansville as their rest day so they are staying until Tuesday morning we provide them with showers and lots of food” Wrucke said.
The runners said they are grateful for an enthusiastic host and welcoming community.
“Everyone here has a tie to the cancer community whether it be friends, family, a friend of a friend and that’s really what the purpose of this organization’s run is” Bowling said.
Wrucke said she is continuously impressed with the runners.
“It’s just phenomenal what these kids are doing and the hearts they have” she said.