KeepHealthCare.ORG – Woman running from Boston to Sodus Point to help others fight breast cancer
Davina McNaney is running 380 miles from Boston to Sodus Point to help raise money for cancer (CNYCentral Photo)
SYRACUSE, N.Y. —
On a hot day like Sunday, a lot of people were inside staying cool.
Not Davina McNaney. She was running.
“I thought going over the mountains were going to be the difficult point, but this heat is brutal,” she said.
McNaney conquered her fight with breast cancer and now she is running 380 miles to help others do the same.
Her journey began in Boston, where she now lives with her family. She has since passed through Albany and Utica on her way to her final destination and hometown — Sodus Point, in Wayne County.
Sunday marked day 10 of her journey, ending at Coleman’s Irish Pub in the Syracuse neighborhood of Tipp Hill.
“I really feel like research is important in saving people’s lives, and that’s why I’m doing this,” McNaney said. “That’s why I’m putting myself out there every single day.”
McNaney said the illness that once made her feel so weak six years ago suddenly became the strength she needed to push through and show everyone that anything is possible.
“It’s very unfortunate nobody wants to hear those words ‘do you have cancer?’ and it’s very debilitating and so this is my way of fighting back,” she said.
This is McNaney’s second year running and she’ll continue on Monday, reaching Sodus Point Tuesday evening.
Last year, she raised $23,000 and she said this year she’s at around $17,000.
“I like to have people understand what I’m doing because it’s something out of the box,” McNaney said. “It’s something challenging I hope inspires them to challenge themselves.”
If you’d like to donate to McNaney’s fundraising page, click here. All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.