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Recent Limestone Graduate to Run From Pacific to Atlantic
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Skylar Marcoux '13

In between receiving her bachelor's degree from Limestone College, playing in the women's lacrosse national championship for the Saints, and entering graduate school, Skylar Marcoux '13 will literally be running from sea to shining sea.

From June 16-July 14, Marcoux and 21 others will run from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD; a 4,000 mile journey. They will be running to support the 4K for Cancer, a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. The program's goal is to improve lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer.

Runners To Make Stop in Upstate
During their cross country run, Marcoux's team will stay with host families along the route. On July 9, the team will arrive in Gaffney and spend the evening on the Limestone campus.

"Our team will average 16 miles of running per day," said Marcoux. "The run is to simulate the struggle that cancer patients go through and overcoming challenges. Along the way, we will visit cancer patients in hospitals to show them that they do have support and to connect them with people from other parts of the country."

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Skylar Marcoux '13 in action for the Limestone women's lacrosse team, which played for the national championship.

Join Skylar Marcoux in Supporting Cancer Patients
Marcoux is in the process of raising money in an effort to meet a $4,500 goal, proceeds of which will go to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Currently, she has approximately $2,470.

Friends can help Marcoux by making donations online .

Big Doug, Skylar's Inspiration
A lacrosse and field hockey standout for the Limestone Saints, Marcoux is a native of Woodbine, MD and Strength and Conditioning major. Her inspiration for making the cross country run is the father of a childhood friend. "One of my best friends since second grade had a father named Doug; we called him 'Big Doug,' and he was an inspiration to everyone who knew him," she said. "When we were in the eighth grade, Big Doug was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Although he fought the cancer for three years, he ultimately passed away. To me, he was like my second dad.

"Losing him to cancer was a big turning point in my life. It reminded me of how valuable relationships to family and friends are, and since then I have become more aware of cherishing those relationships. He was also one of the first people who helped me get involved in sports, and as I have grown that has become a huge part of my life. I wouldn't be where I am today if he didn't help me with those opportunities when I was younger. I know that there are many people who have had other experiences and life changing moments involving cancer, and I want to stand by their side and help them deal with these situations, as well as learn from them."