BANGOR – If you think running a marathon is hard enough, try running your own. That’s what Heidi Sharpe will be doing Sunday, trekking through her own personal marathon from Hampden to Bangor.
“The minute I found out, I heard the prognosis, I knew that I never wanted anyone else to go through this,” said Sharpe.
She’s running in honor of her mother, who died of lung cancer in 2010.
She’s already blown through her original fundraising goal, getting more than $4,000 for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Champion the Cure Challenge.
It’s a cause that uses the money for local patients, like Sharpe’s mom was.
Jenifer Lloyd, the philanthropy officer for Northern Light Health Foundation, said Champion the Cure, “funds research that brings tomorrow’s hope to today’s patients, as well as patient care which could be a whole host of things.”
Sharpe will start her marathon at Hampden Academy and finish up in Stillwater Park in Bangor, which is across from where Sharpe grew up.
She has never done a marathon, but it was something on her bucket list.
She’s been training for this since June, something she thinks her mom would be impressed by.
“She’d probably go ‘oh my gosh you’re crazy’, because I was never an athlete, but I think she would be proud,” said Sharpe.
While Sharpe will be the only person completing her marathon, she has friends and family switching off, so someone will run with her at every leg of the journey.
So make way for Heidi come Sunday morning.
“If you see this bright blue shirt running and you’re driving by, beep the horn for encouragement, I‘m going to need every bit of encouragement,” said Sharpe.
More on how to support her cause can be found here .