Lafayette woman battling cancer finishes goal of running on every road in Greater Lafayette
pkg Lafayette woman battling cancer finishes goal of running on every road in Greater Lafayette
66-year-old rebecca sullivan gave herself a challenge to run every road in greater lafayette.
She officially reached that goal last week.
News 18's micah upshaw joins us in the studio to share her uplifting story.
Sullivan was diagnosed with stage-4 cervical cancer in january 2020.
It took her about 10 months to complete this running-challenge.
And the news she received in the midst of it is an accomplishment you'll have to hear to believe.
Nat r: i remember for months waking up and going, 'oh my god i have stage four cancer, i don't know how long i have to live.'
M: a diagnosis like this isn't easy to take.
But rebecca sullivan has made it her mission to find a positive outlet.
This journey begins several years ago when she started running as a way to exercise and stay active.
R: i started out doing half-marathons and then i was like well i want to see what a marathon was like and i ran a few marathons and it just kept morphing from there.
M: she created a goal of running a marathon in every single state.
She made it to 38 states before the covid-19 pandemic struck our nation in 2020, cancelling marathons nationwide.
R: i was feeling like, 'oh my god, i don't know how long i have to complete this goal' and i've got to be doing something, i have to have a goal that keeps me alive.
M: she decided to localize her running- goal.
R: somewhere along the way i got the idea like, 'oh why don't i run every street in lafayette.'
I've lived here almost 30 years and there were so many streets i've never been on.
M: this is the map she used to navigate her challenge.
She used a red pen to mark every street she touched.
As you can see, she didn't miss one road.
Nat: it's like, 'oh i missed that one so i drove and ran two minutes and ran that street.
D: she loves the goals so i knew it was good for her.
M: rebecca's husband dave has been her biggest support through her journey.
Nat: you can do it, one more step.
D: we all have challenges and adversities and, you know, it's how we approach them that really counts.
M: sullivan credits her new chemotherapy treatment as well as her positive outlook on life for the recent news she's received.
R: the last ct scan, they found no evidence of disease.
M: doctors aren't calling her cancer free just yet, but she's approaching it the best way she knows how.
R: you can turn your life experience into a tragedy or you can turn it into a hero's journey and i choose to turn mine into, you know, something positive.
Sullivan will be starting a new running goal soon.
She plans to cover all the tippecanoe roads next.
So if you see her, make sure to give a wave and smile.
Reporting in studio, micah upshaw.
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