Cornell Student Running 25 Miles Each Day for Cancer Research

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - A Cornell College senior is helping cancer patients with his feet.

Jacob Fields is running a mile for every dollar he collects from donations. Money goes to the American Cancer Society for cancer research.

Fields started late last month and is running until the 26th. His goal is $1,000 for 1,000 miles. So far he's raised around $375, and runs about 25 miles a day.

During his time on the track Fields has lost more than ten pounds, worn through a pair of shoes, and used up five tubes of lip balm.

It's hard work, but Fields said his family is his fuel. Both his mother and grandmother have been diagnosed with different types of cancer.

"It's just too many people. I think there's a statistic, it's like 46 people a day in Iowa are diagnosed with cancer," said Fields.

If you want to donate and give Fields a few more miles, there's a link under the "News Links" section of KCRG.com.

Fields is running in conjunction with Cornell's Relay for Life, which starts Saturday, April 26.
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