Student Running Cross Country for Cancer Awareness
Posted: June 27, 2014
Sarah Eissler is currently pursuing her master's degree in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development. This summer she is running across the country with a group of college-aged students to raise money and awareness for young adults affected by cancer. They are running with the 4k for Cancer, a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund based out of Baltimore, Maryland. Sarah joined the 4k for Cancer for several reasons. When she was 17, her older brother - and best friend - contracted a virulent strain of meningitis and died five days later. It was the most traumatic and horrible experience of her life and she misses him every day. That pain drives Sarah to live a life worth living and not waste it. She is a pretty avid runner and loves pushing her physical limits. Last year, a good friend was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. During her fight and watching her brother fight, she feels like she needs to do something. So when the opportunity came up to sign up for the 4k for Cancer, Sarah didn't hesitate. This summer, her team will run from San Francisco to Baltimore in 42 days. They run relay style from town to town across the country - averaging 150 miles a day/about 8-16 miles per person. In each town, they will host community events, visit hospitals and give out college scholarships and "chemo-care bags" to current cancer patients. To learn more and/or donate to Sarah’s fundraising effort, visit: http://4kforcancer.org/profiles/sarah-eissler/
In addition to the information above, Sarah ran the THON relay marathon from Hershey Medical Center to the Bryce Jordan Center this spring. She will be doing her fieldwork this September focusing on community based responses and capacity building around cocoa production in rural Ghana. In July, while running from San Francisco to Baltimore, she will be working on articles, fine tuning research methodologies, and other scholarly efforts. It’s very impressive and highlights how strong our students are in all levels.