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Mineola Alum Runs Across America For Dad

In the summer of 2011, Muireann Phelan, a 2009 graduate of Mineola High School, cycled from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR with 30 other college students. They cycled over 4,500 miles while raising funds for an organization called The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, 4K for Cancer. The organization is dedicated to helping young adults who are affected by cancer. Muireann undertook this challenge in honor of her father, Paddy, who had been battling cancer since 2009. With the help of family, friends and the community she grew up in, she was able to raise $7,500.

Sadly, Paddy lost his battle in October 2012 just days before Muireann’s birthday. She has decided that the best way to honor his memory is by partaking in another cross-country adventure raising money to fight the disease that has caused her so much pain.

This summer, Muireann is running from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD with another group of college students in a relay style run. The run leaves from California on Sunday, June 15, which just happens to be Father’s Day. Each runner will be running approximately 12-15 miles each day, and has been charged with raising $4,500, which is used for various aspects of the organization such as: transporting patients to and from treatments, setting up meetings with patient navigators, support groups, and scholarships.

If anyone would like to donate to Muireann’s run, the best place to do so is at her page on the 4K for Cancer website at 4kforcancer.org/profiles/muireann-phelan/.