SPARTA, NJ – A young Sparta woman is taking on a challenge of a lifetime and she is doing it for her mom.  Claire Romine is running across the country to raise awareness and give support for young adults with cancer.

This summer Romine will be part of the 25-member Team Baltimore working with 4K for Cancer.  4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.  In 49 days, Romine will be running more then 4000 miles from San Francisco to Baltimore, Maryland.

“I chose this charity because my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago and I know that so many people are affected by cancer so I wanted to help in the cancer community,” Romine said.

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Her parents Tom and Kathy are active Lake Mohawk Beach 4 members.  Kathy is also active with the Sparta Recreation Committee working on events such as the Bunny Breakfast, Trout Derby, Winter Festival, Visit with Santa and summer outdoor movies.

The Ulman Cancer Fund gives financial, emotional and educational support for cancer patients with chemo care bags, patient navigation program and the Cancer to 5k training program, according to Romine.

The cross country journey begins on June 17 for Romine.  She will be expected in Baltimore on August 4. 

“Along the way we will be helping cancer patients and those affected by cancer,” she said.  “My team and I will be running through California, Arizona, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and a few other states.”

Romine will be graduating from University of Delaware’s Clinical Exercise Physiology Master’s program in May.  She is already a certified personal trainer, having earned her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science.

“At a young age, my parents have instilled in me what it means to live  a healthy balanced lifestyle,” according to Romine,  which she credits as the reason her life has take the direction into the health and fitness community.

Along the journey the team will be focused on the goal of community service and outreach to raise awareness.

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.