Eau Claire residents and running partners, Dr. Karen Myher and Natalie Hanson are leaving tomorrow for the London Marathon. The duo are two of three Americans on an International team for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The pair have turned their passion for running into an effort to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Natalie Hanson and Dr. Karen Myher have raised over $10,000 in the past 10 weeks for JDRF
"And now it's really about how can I use my joy of running to bring awareness to help other people," says Hanson.
Karen's sister has had diabetes for the past 43 years and as a pediatrician Karen diagnoses children with the disease. Running for cause has given new meaning to every stride they take.
"Which really takes your pain and suffering of mile after mile and saying "you know what? At least I don't have to test my blood sugar. At least I don't have to take insulin. And you know what that makes this a whole lot easier," says Myher.
While this wasn't an easy winter to train through, the two say it was worth every frozen step.
"The gift of the marathon is in the journey of getting there," says Myher. It's in each run I do, thinking about the final result."
"It's a really good idea to take care of yourself at all stages of the game," adds Hanson, "and doing it with people you love to be around is just a bonus."
And promoting a healthy lifestyle is at the forefront of their efforts.
"I always say every day we solve the world's problems in 4 to 6 miles," says Myher, "and it's even better when we can do that in 15 to 20 miles"