Arkansas Tech’s Student Government Association voted to sponsor Tech student Mary Fight, in a 4,000-mile run extending from San Francisco to Boston over 49 days from June to August.
Fight is a Zeta Tau Alpha member, an elementary education major from Fort Smith and to support her run with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults: 4K for Cancer, SGA passed a resolution to sponsor $100 for her athletic wear.
Each runner is required to raise a minimum of $4,500 to help support the organization’s services provided to young adults and families impacted by cancer, according to the organization’s website.
Fight’s journey aligns with the SGA’s mission stating that “our mission is to support students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors,” according to the SGA resolution.
“SGA’s sponsorship will benefit both Mary and Arkansas Tech because she will be representing us in a positive way through a cause that is much bigger than our university,” said Allison Holloway, secretary of internal affairs and rehabilitation science major from Alma.
“This organization sends young adults on journeys across the country in an effort to inspire hope and unite communities in the fight against cancer,” according to the organization’s website. “We change lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer.”
“I was inspired to do this run because I want to make a difference,” Fight said. “These kids and young adults deserve so much and they deserve to be loved with open arms because no one should go through anything alone.”
Fight’s team is expected to run anywhere from six miles to 16 miles each day. Rest days are every three to six days, and during that time runners will have the opportunity to work with communities through service projects at hospitals and cancer centers. Teams will sleep in churches, schools or gyms in different communities, according to their website.
Fight, the only Arkansas representative out of 180 students participating in the race, claims she has been preparing for this run since February by waking up at 5 a.m. most mornings and running up to 7 miles. She expects to be running up to 15 miles a day by June.
“I want people to ask me where I’m from while I’m running across the United States,” said Fight. “I’ll proudly be able to say Arkansas Tech University and they helped me get here.”