How far would you go for someone you love? Monday, Aug. 1, Northwestern graduate Colleen Caul passed through Brazil, on her way to the Big Apple following United States 40 from St Louis, Mo.
That might not seem to be that big a deal. But, considering the fact that the twenty-nine year old is running the entire way is another story. She is making this trek to help gain awareness and to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Colleen and her photographer/ supporter/ encourager, Thom, left St Louis, Mo., on July 21. Colleen has been running 15 miles a day and hopes to arrive in New York on September 23.
Colleen explains that Cystic Fibrosis is a disease that attacks the lungs or the pancreas and the whole digestive system. It causes a mucus build up in the body that causes problems with breathing among other things.
So why would an actress from Missouri undertake such a daunting task. Several years ago, Colleen's younger sister was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.
To help Katie with her breathing problems, their uncle introduced Katie to distance running. When her sister began running, it helped her to get rid of the mucus and made her breathing easier. Colleen thought that if her baby sister could run with her disease, then she could too.
On Monday, Aug. 1, Colleen's mother contacted the Harmony United Methodist Church to see if they could park their RV in the church parking lot as they finished that day's part of the journey. Following a home cooked meal, a good night's rest, Colleen continued on her way bright and early Tuesday morning leaving from Harmony. Their goal was to make it to Greencastle on Tuesday. Along the way, they have met many kind and generous people and have shared with others that suffer from this disabling disease.
So, in the next few days, if you are traveling along US 40 towards Indianapolis in the early morning, look for Colleen. If you have a chance, stop and talk to this amazing young lady.
For more information on Colleen's mission, Cystic Fibrosis, or to make a contribution, visit Runforroses.com.