Steve Scott had never run a day in his life before the new Danville YMCA opened in 2014. He’d been a regular racquetball player, however, that was not a part of the new facility when they moved. Wanting to have a regular activity for living a healthy lifestyle Steve decided to try running. Since that time, Steve has completed numerous 5k, 10k , 1/2 Marathon and Marathon events. This includes having run the Boston Marathon twice. In 2019 he will not only participate in the Boston Marathon, he will also be running 6 to 7 other marathons as he trains and prepares for the 2020 World Marathon Challenge - 7 Marathons, on 7 Continents, in 7 Days.
Steve's mother is a cancer survivor having had Breast Cancer and a Double Mastectomy at age 45. During this time Steve witnessed both the best and worst that this horrible disease could bring. His mother’s fight has inspired Steve to not let anything stop him from accomplishing his goals after all, “if mom could do it, I can do it.”
Participating in this event not only promotes a healthy lifestyle for Steve through running, but all raises awareness and financial support for the Danville Pittsylvania Cancer Association.
Jenna Belcher first felt a lump in her breast in September of 2016. Her doctor told her he was more concerned about the dirt on the bottom of his shoe. By November, the lump was the size of a ping pong ball, and another doctor diagnosed her with breast cancer.
The first time she met with her surgeon, he told her “Jenna, this is not gonna be a sprint, this is gonna be a marathon.”
With the help of the Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer Association, Jenna and her family were able to get to all of the appointments they needed to, and are still being assisted when she has cancer-related doctors appointments. Her goal was to beat cancer, take her kids to Disneyworld and do the Disney Marathon.
Two years, countless surgeries, radiation and chemo treatments later, she is finally ready to start training for that marathon. Now, she wants to help others get the same help that she received.
“I wasn’t given given cancer. I wasn’t cursed with cancer. I was blessed with cancer, so that I could understand what other people go through and to be able to help them beat it.”
Jenna will be running the last marathon of this race with Steve in 2020 in Miami.
Becca is 38 years old and lives in Belmont MA with her husband Joe and 10 year old daughter Taylor. Having been the first American female to run the World Marathon Challenge in 2016- 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, Becca recently went back, and made history by running it again and breaking the World Record; 6 Days, 7 Hours and 58 minutes. Her current goal is to complete a marathon in all 50 states, to run Kona Ironman and run across the US.