Amy Renner is literally going the extra mile to fight breast cancer.
The Plain City resident is training for the Breast Cancer 3-Day to benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure, set to take place Aug. 17-19 in Cleveland. Over the course of 72 hours, she will cover 60 miles on foot.
This isn’t the first time Renner has pounded the pavement to raise money for breast cancer research and treatment. Four years ago, she completed a marathon (26.2 miles) in Chicago sponsored by Avon to benefit breast cancer research.
“I did it in honor of my mom who at that time was cancer-free for five years,” Renner said. Her mother, Betty Coffman, died in 2003.
This time around, Renner’s inspiration is her sister, Ann Russell of Urbana, who was diagnosed in May with breast cancer. Russell will start radiation in July.
The news sent Renner in search of another fund-raising marathon to enter. She found her next challenge by chance while shopping in Columbus. The woman in line behind her noticed Renner’s pink Susan G. Komen checkbook cover, something Renner received as a participant in last month’s Race For The Cure in Columbus. As it turned out, the woman was signed up to take part in the 60-mile walk in Cleveland; she invited Renner to join her.
Renner’s experience in Cleveland will be much different than what she did in Chicago. Instead of walking as an individual, she will be part of a 14-person team with a 13-person support crew.
“That will really help, since we’re going to be out there 10 hours a day,” Renner said, adding that she has already done two training sessions with her team in Cleveland, a 12-miler and a 20-miler. She also is training at the wellness center at Scotts Co., where she is employed in Marysville, and gets exercise helping her son deliver The Bag, which includes the Messenger, around Plain City.
“The one main goal I have is to finish. The big thing will be avoiding blisters,” she said.
Along with logging the miles, Renner is putting in some fund-raising time. Her aim is to collect $2,250. She already has $1,500. Anyone interested in donating to the cause may contact Renner at 614-332-6933. Checks should be made out to Susan G. Komen For the Cure. For more information, go to www.komen.org or www.the3day.org