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Sarcoma cancer affects 12,000 Americans every year--that's according to the Sarcoma Foundation of America.

It has been called "the forgotten cancer"

But, Landon Cooper and his crew have not forgotten about it, and they are spending 2014 traveling the perimeter of the country to raise money for research.. on foot.

Emily Medalen has the story.

Spending 10 months traveling the perimeter of the US sounds like quite the trip - but can you imagine running the whole way?

For Landon Cooper, his wife Mary, and their team.. this is their life.

In 2010, Landon founded Miles 2 Give - a non-profit organization that constitutes of running tours across the country to raise money and awareness for Sarcoma cancer, and those who have been touched by it

And he says that there are no victims, or patients of cancer - there are only warriors.

(Landon Cooper, Founder and Runner of Miles 2 Give) "The most important aspect is to inspire these warriors, to inspire these families, and just to inspire a stranger. And that impact can send that person home with this renewed sense of "what am I doing with my life?" you know? and that's Miles 2 Give. That's a pursuit to give and inspire."

On April 29th, the crew took off from Times Square, and now, they have run almost 3,000 miles to North Dakota.

Every morning they wake up in their RV, and get ready to run 25-30 miles every day - that's a marathon a day - with very few days off.

(Landon Cooper, Founder and Runner of Miles 2 Give) "At the end of the day, wherever we finish, side of the road, that's camp for the night, and we get going the next day."

In each city these runners travel through, those who have been affected by cancer in some way, get out and run with the Miles 2 Give crew.

In honor of each person they run for, they write their names on their faces, and families write their gratitude on the walls and ceilings of the RV.

Cooper says that doing this connects those from around the country who have all dealt with the pain of losing loved ones.

(Landon Cooper, Founder and Runner of Miles 2 Give) "We all go through loss. And we either react, or we respond. Miles 2 Give is a response. And that response has greatly given this - just - momentum of connectivity that is so essential for us as a human race. The most beautiful thing is that living gets easier once you start giving more. And so I gave my entire self, my entire soul, to my dream of connectivity and inspiration."

So far, they've raised 25,000 dollars, and are hoping to reach half a million by the end of the tour.

And with 7,253 miles to go, Landon and his team are taking on the challenge day by day with determination and passion.

In Minot, I'm Emily Medalen for KX News.

To learn more about the Miles 2 Give Foundation, or to get involved, search Miles 2 Give on Facebook, or visit miles2give.org

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