Two Huntersville teens had an idea to help fight cancer and decided to run with it.
Stephanie Schauder, 17, and Tim Gruber, 16, will join friends and supporters Nov. 12 in running 12 miles from Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville to Cannon School in Concord, where both are students.
Their goal is to raise $12,000 for Relay for Life of Mooresville/Lake Norman.
Stephanie has supported Relay for Life since her father was diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Craig Schauder, an area dermatologist for more than a decade, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2008. He died in January at age 49.
"During this difficult time, I began to see how many people were affected by this disease," said Stephanie, a senior. "I knew I needed to do something to help other cancer patients and their families."
She started her own Relay for Life team at Cannon School, Cougars Fighting Cancer, to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Last year, the 25-member team raised nearly $7,000.
Last summer, as Stephanie considered ways to meet her $12,000 fundraising goal, her friend Tim, a junior, proposed they run from their homes in Huntersville to Cannon School in Concord as a fundraiser for Relay for Life.
The idea grew, and they are now planning the run, dubbed Cannon Runs for Cancer Research, with officials from event sponsors Cannon School and Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville.
Stephanie, Tim and friends will start running at 11 a.m. at Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, which is a short distance from their homes.
Cannon Head of School Matt Gossage and Tanya Blackmon, president of Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, will kick off the event.
Dave Wottle, a gold medal runner from the 1972 Summer Olympics, is the keynote speaker. He is dean of admissions and financial aid at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.
Cannon Runs for Cancer Research is also sponsored by Lake Norman Oncology, Lakeside Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, the Spirited Cyclist and UpGrade Lifestyle.