One large group of runners in Saturday's Bismarck marathon has finished their race, but the woman they were running for still has a long journey ahead of her.
The start of the Bismarck Marathon is a sight to see, but even among the hundreds of runners, one group is hard to miss.
Nearly 70 teachers teamed up to run for Myla Wescom, a teacher in the Bismarck school district diagnosed with Stage Four breast cancer.
"I was diagnosed two years ago, with the hope that it would be cured, just one year later, they found the breast cancer came back into the back, so now I'm at stage four, no longer curable, but hopefully to go into remission." says Myla Wescom/special education teacher at Rita Murphy Elementary.
"The remission is hopeful and nobody knows the length of remission, remission can be years, we just don't know, take everyday and live life vids of life necklace and spend time together with our families and our friends." says Robin Nein.
Robin is more like a sister, a true friend to Myla for the long haul.
"Even through my training, I always think of Myla as I do this, she's my focus, she's my energy, my playlist is always about, designed towards her, it's how it goes for me." says Nein.
Many first-time marathon runners have to dig deep to cross that finish line.
For Robin, she had Myla on her mind with every step.
"Watching and knowing how hard of a fight Myla's gone through, I can fight hard enough to at least get a half a marathon done." says Nein.
"It was extremely heart-warming, overwhelming, shocking, just the generosity and support and love that I have is what keeps you going, it's just amazing all the good people that are out there and I love them all for it." says Wescom.
If you would like to support Myla in her fight against stage four breast cancer.
You can reach out by sending money to Bismarck High School or Rita Murphy Elementary in Myla Wescom's name.