Teen Runs Across Shoreline for Cancer

By Maddie Chesbro and Brad Drazen
|  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014  |  Updated 11:00 PM EDT
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RYAN JONES IS A SENIOR AT SUFFIELD HIGH WHO JUST REGISTERED FOR THE R-O-T-C PROGRAM AT UCONN STARTING IN THE FALL.
	BUT THIS WEEK HE'S TAKING ON ANOTHER CHALLENGE RUNNING THE CT SHORELINE FROM GREENWICH TO STONINGTON TO RAISE MONEY TO FIGHT CANCER.

Brad Drazen and Thomas Kienzler

RYAN JONES IS A SENIOR AT SUFFIELD HIGH WHO JUST REGISTERED FOR THE R-O-T-C PROGRAM AT UCONN STARTING IN THE FALL. BUT THIS WEEK HE'S TAKING ON ANOTHER CHALLENGE RUNNING THE CT SHORELINE FROM GREENWICH TO STONINGTON TO RAISE MONEY TO FIGHT CANCER.

A senior at Suffield High School is challenging himself to run the entire Connecticut shoreline in just five days.

As if signing up for the ROTC program at UConn in the fall wasn’t enough, Ryan Jones is running to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The shoreline covers 125 miles, and Ryan’s dad is also along for the ride, biking alongside him for most of the journey.

Jones says that he was inspired by an ESPN film about the “Marathon of Hope” across Canada and The Terry Fox Foundation. He’s also seen how cancer has impacted friends and family around him.

Even if Jones has a setback this week, he vows to persevere.

“Keep fighting, don’t stop, cause I can’t quit, they can’t quit.” Said Jones

His initial goal was to raise $1,000, and he has exceeded that before even starting his journey. The new goal is $2,000.

If you would like to help you can send donations to:

Ryan Jones’ Marathon of Hope
c/o Suffield High School
1060 Sheldon Street
Room 409
West Suffield, CT 06093

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