Cancer Patient to Run More Than 1000 Miles for Charity

Avery Dufilho

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All images courtesy of Throwing Bones

In 2015, Kenny Capps, a 45-year-old ultramarathon runner was diagnosed with stage 2 Multiple Myeloma forcing him to stop running. After several rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in 2015, Capps was able to start running again in 2016. Now he is on what might be the hardest run of his life, the Mountain to Sea Trail in North Carolina

The Mountain to Sea trail is a 1,175-mile trail starting in Jockey’s Ridge State Park and ending in Clingman’s Dome. Capps is planning on running the whole trail in 54 days to raise money and awareness for Multiple Myeloma. To do this, Capps has founded Throwing Bones, a website that shows how Capps is progressing and where people can donate money to his cause. The goal is to raise $117,500 or $100 for every mile of the Mountain to Sea Trail. At the end of his run, Capps will be dividing up the money for three different projects. One third will go to future event planning and cost for Throwing Bones, one third will go to set up the Throwing Bones Relief Fund, and the last third will go to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Inc.

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Multiple Myeloma is a form of blood cancer that attacks the plasma cells in bone marrow—plasma cells are what help you fight off infections by creating antibodies. With these cancer cells now crowding all the healthy cells in the bone marrow the body begins to produce abnormal proteins rather than antibodies. Multiple Myeloma is a rare form of cancer with 1 in every 132 people diagnosed with it. There is currently no cure for this cancer.

Capps began his run on April 1st starting at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. He will run anywhere between 14 to 32 miles a day until he reaches Clingman’s Dome. You can see the individual legs of the run here. You can also follow Kenny and the Throwing Bones team on their website or on Facebook and Instagram. Keep it up Kenny! We’re rooting for you!