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Ultra-Run GoFundMe raises money for local cancer patient

Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 21:24:56-04

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Kara Rowe of Cheektowaga has already beaten breast cancer. In February, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. The COVID-19 pandemic has made Rowe's fight that much harder.

"I can't really see my kids. I don't get to see my family," Rowe said. "That has been the hardest part for me."

To remind her she isn't alone, her cousin, Alex Steimer, started a GoFundMe page for an ultra-run. He set goals for the total amount of donations with mileage that he'd run for Kara.

"When I saw it, it made me cry," Rowe said. "Because every person who has donated to me, I'll be forever grateful."

The highest bar that Steimer set was reached: $20,000. So this Saturday, he'll run 100 miles in less than a day through the northern suburbs of Dallas.

"We decided to put that hundred mile mark up on the website, and my mom looked at me like I was crazy," Steimer said. "Because the furthest I've ever ran was 34 miles."

Steimer ran 50 miles on Saturday. The rest of his family, including Rowe, picked up the other 50 on Sunday. The GoFundMe has raised over $30,000.