“The tour kicked off when I lost a friend of mine about a year and a half ago,” said Cooper. “At the time I didn't know a lot about Sarcoma Cancer, but what I knew was a friend of mine, it wasn't time for her to go.”
Wanting to do something in honor of his friend, the 33 year-old ultra runner created Miles 2 Give, an organization based in Orem that raises funding and awareness for Sarcoma Cancer research.
Cooper started his journey Valentine’s Day in San Francisco. He’s running 20 miles a day until he reaches his destination in Washington DC.
Along his trek, Cooper visits survivors, those undergoing treatment and he even made a stop at the Cancer Wellness House in Salt Lake City.
“For us to meet survivors along the way, it's been their victory bus, when we come in,” he said.
For Cooper, giving hope to those affected by Sarcoma Cancer makes every long mile worth while.
“The reason the run is tailored the way it is, is people with cancer, families that are stricken with this, they don't get a fair chance to clock out,” said Cooper. “When we started our tour we're not clocking out until the very end. When I say end I mean when we find a cure.”
Cooper hopes to reach Washington DC by July or early August.
“Utah's been very good to me, I think the people of Utah would be happy to know the name of our RV is ‘Life Elevated’,” he said.
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