Quadra Island man runs from Campbell River to Nanaimo for alternative cancer care – Campbell River Mirror
Ryan Rasmussen runs from Campbell River to Nanaimo today, raising money for alternative cancer care.
Rasmussen left the Campbell River ferry terminal at 10 a.m. this morning and is heading the old island road to Piper’s Lagoon Park in Nanaimo. Rasmussen expects to arrive between 10 p.m. and 12 p.m. on Sunday.
He runs in honor of his sister who died last winter of cancer. The race is called The Coco Run, in homage to the nickname of his sister Nicole.
“On January 1, my sister passed away from colon cancer. Just before he passed away, I had this idea. We both talked about it and she thought it was a great idea. When this is all over, I’ll donate to a treatment center to help pay for someone’s treatments – or as much as possible with the money I’ve raised. Everything will be given in the name of my sister.
Earlier this year, Rasmussen said that “I watched my sister crawl on the floor screaming in pain every day, and I felt like if I was going to fundraise for people going through this, I wanted to that they see that I I am ready to go through exactly the same pain that they are going through.
“I needed to do something that made me suffer, because since watching my sister suffer, I feel like I needed to be in pain to raise money,” he said. -he adds. “I feel like I can’t do something easy.”
The training and preparation over the past few months has also done something for himself. Going long distances and pushing himself has shown exactly what he can do.
“Seven months ago I did my first 20 km,” he said.
On leaving, Rasmussen admitted he was nervous, saying he didn’t know how his body and mind would fare after the 100km mark.
“I’m pretty nervous, but I did everything I could. Much of it is mental. Three weeks ago, I ran 100 km, three weeks before I was doing 80, ”he said. “When I turned 80 I barely made it, but I did because I knew it was a matter of the mind after that. I’m pretty nervous though.
He is supported by his friends and family, who will join him every 15 kilometers with food and water. There will also be a car with him overnight to ensure visibility on the highway.
Rasmussen would like to thank the people who have supported him so far.
“The support and messages I have been receiving over the past few days from people who think what I am doing is great are really the fuel that will keep me going today,” he said.
Donations can be made to the Coco Run through their website, Facebook page or by electronic transfer to [email protected] Rasumussen’s course is available online and his team will update the Facebook page throughout the day with their progress.
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