Cancer survivor runs to Maine from Florida for 68 days - WKRN News 2

Cancer survivor runs to Maine from Florida for 68 days

Posted: Updated: Jul 07, 2014 06:20 PM
PORTLAND, Maine -

A 53-year-old cancer survivor and grandmother just finished the third leg of her 10,000-mile run around the perimeter of the lower continental 48 states.

Helene Neville began the third leg of her run 68 days ago in Marathon, Florida, roughly 2,000 miles from where she finished in Portland, Maine.

“I love that you never know what’s around the next corner because every single day in my route is different,” Neville told ABC News. “It reveals all these layers of life, people, experiences that you may not have even fathomed. People out there have great spirit and you won’t see them or find them unless you look for them.”

Neville has been a nurse for 29 years and began running marathons after she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the 1990s.

She has undergone three brain surgeries to treat abscesses since then.

She began realizing her goal to run the perimeter of the United States in 2010 with a 93-day jog from California to Florida.

Neville told reporters that the thing that keeps her going is her pursuit to inspire and get people involved with fight against cancer.

*ABC News contributed to this story.

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