SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta High School alumnae and athlete is running across the country to raise awareness and funds for young adults with cancer. Claire Romine is running as part of a 25-member Team Baltimore with 4K for Cancer. She began the trip on June 17 in San Francisco and is anticipated to arrive in Baltimore on August 4.
Romine is running for her mom, Kathy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. Claire Romine is more than 30 days into the 49 day, 4000 mile odyssey. It is more than just a run, however. The team will be performing community service and outreach along the way.
The young athlete said one moment that stands out so far, is the first 16 mile day. She said she had an injury before going on the trip so she was a bit apprehensive for the long day. As they headed out for the last two miles Romine said her legs “felt like bricks” and her motivation to finish was waning.
“As we came around the turn with half a mile left I saw ‘Run for Your Mom’ chalked on the side of the road by my teammates,” Romine said. “In that moment I remembered the reason I decided to complete the 4K in the first place.”
She said she “dug down deep to finish.”
“I was greeted with cheers and waters by the greatest teammates and realized just how lucky I am to be having this experience and travel across the country for this incredible adventure,” Romine said.
Her parents Tom and Kathy are active members of Lake Mohawk Beach 4. Kathy is also active with the Sparta Recreation Committee, working on many of the community events including Bunny Breakfast, Trout Derby, Winter Festival and Visit with Santa.
Romine graduated from the University of Delaware in the Clinical Exercise Physiology Master’s program this past May. She is already a certified personal trainer and holds an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science.
At the halfway mark the organization reported the 4K for Cancer has:
- Raised $845,093 for the young adult cancer fight toward the goal of $900,000.
- covered 13,024 collective miles
- awarded seven scholarships to young adults impacted by cancer,
- visited 17 cancer centers and hospitality homes to provide support to those in treatment
- delivered 100 chemo care bags to patients
Two other teams are running as well; Team New York and Team Boston. There is also a cycling team going from Baltimore to Portland, according to Romine. All of the teams crisscrossing the country are raising funds and awareness for young adults with cancer.
This is the 17th year of the 4k for Cancer cross country journeys with the Ullman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
“When times get tough and the tiredness starts to take over we all remember who we are running for and on that day and every day I will always remember my greatest role model, my mother,” Romine said.
Anyone interested in supporting Romine’s efforts to raise money for the Ulman Fund can use this link or mail to UCF Office: Attn 4K for Cancer, 1215 East Fort Avenue, Suite 104, Baltimore, MD 21230. Note Claire Romine in the memo section.
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