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Millersville Student Runs Across the Country for Cancer

4,000 miles in 49 days.

Running marathons is a popular way to raise awareness and money for different causes. However, not many attempt to run 4,000 miles across the United States in only 49 days.

Millersville University (MU) junior Katelyn Piech will be completing this 49-day journey starting June 16 in San Francisco, California and ending on Aug. 3 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her cause? Running for the Ulman Foundation’s “4K for Cancer.” The Ulman Foundation’s focus is to provide free support services and resources for young adults battling cancer, which they do through various fundraisers such as this one.

Katelyn Piech after ‘The Villages, FL running of the squares 5K

“I know how much cancer affects so many people and I am very grateful to have great health that I could put to use to raise money and awareness for those affected by cancer,” said Piech, a business management student.

Piech will be running with a team of college-aged peers through California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. On the way, they will be visiting various cancer research centers and hospitals, which she is especially excited for.

“I have a love for running and traveling and thought there’s no better way to do both while supporting a great cause,” concluded Piech.

For more information or to donate to Katelyn’s page, please visit:



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