Desmond Williams is one of a dozen Tallahassee residents lacing up his shoes to help in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma.
In just a few days Williams will hit the pavement and run a marathon, 26.2 miles through the streets of San Diego.
"A friend of mine, her older sister died a few months ago of leukemia, and my mother had breast cancer, and when I found out the society donated largely the money that was used to discover chemotherapy treatment, what better reason to run than to raise money for the organization that came up with something to save my mom.”
Aside from training and studying for school, Williams is fundraising. Right now he’s brought in almost $4,000.
Nevin Edson is proof the dollars raised really save lives. Three years ago he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
“I thought about the things I’d done and about my wife retiring, kids getting out of college, then you come back to, am I really ready to die?"
Unlike many cancer patients, Edson says he had it easy. Intravenously he took in medication once a week for six weeks in the comfort of his own home. Now he’s cancer free.
“If research hadn’t developed the drug and found the drug, I would’ve been in the hospital, I would have had chemotherapy," said Edson.
Now Edson has a new appreciation for life thanks to the commitment of Marathon participants like Williams.