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vosot Lafayette woman battling cancer finishes goal of running on every road in Greater Lafayette

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vosot Lafayette woman battling cancer finishes goal of running on every road in Greater Lafayette
vosot Lafayette woman battling cancer finishes goal of running on every road in Greater Lafayette

Lafayette woman battling cancer finishes goal of running on every road in Greater Lafayette

A city challenge that's (never been done.

66-year-old rebecca sullivan has run on every road in greater lafayette.

This journey is extra- special as she's battling stage-4 cancer.

News 18's micah upshaw joins in the studio with her story.

Hey micah.

Sullivan is battling stage-four cervical cancer.

She was diagnosed in january of 2020.

While she's been running for several prior, her cancer is not only what fueled this goal -- but also helped her reach this accomplishment.

Several years ago, sullivan started running as a way to exercise and stay active.

She eventually found interest in running marathons.

A few years ago, she challenged herself to run a marathon in all 50 states.

She made it through 38 states before 2020.

When the covid-19 pandemic hit, it caused marathons to be cancelled nationwide.

But her cancer diagnosis that year only amplified her desire to want to finish her goal.

She decided to create a new goal of running every street in lafayette instead.

She finally finished last week.

I have to have a goal that keeps me alive because i really believe that as long as you have something to live for, that you're passionate about, you have a better chance of staying one step ahead of the cancer.

It took her 10 months to finish this challenge.

She says active and staying positive are what's given her strength to get through it everday.

Sullivan will be starting a new running goal soon.

She plans to cover all the tippecanoe roads next.

Stay tuned, because later in the newscast we'll hear the amazing news sullivan received from doctors.

Reporting in studio, micah upshaw.

News 18.

Thank you, micah.

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