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UMaine Student Prepares to run Coast to Coast for Cancer Research

ORONO - A University of Maine student is leading a tremendous physical and emotional effort in the fight against cancer.


This summer, sophomore Matthew Dexter and his team of 33 college students from around the country, will run from San Francisco, California all the way to Baltimore, Maryland.


The 4,000 mile trek called the 4k for Cancer is expected to begin on June 15th at the Golden Gate Bridge.


Each member of the relay team will run up to 10 miles a day.


Dexter says his goal is to change at least one person's life, and the reason is simple.


"It's important to me because my mother passed away from cancer in 2008... I realized I wasn't alone and there's a lot of people out there who are affected by this terrible, terrible disease" said Dexter.


Along the way, Dexter and his teammates will visit hospitals and hand out chemo packs, which provide comfort items for patients undergoing treatment.


Dexter is looking to raise $5,000 for the event. To donate, click here.
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