'Marathon Goddess' to make stop in Olathe this September

'Marathon Goddess' to stop in Olathe


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Posted: 06/21/2012

Some people run marathons to raise money for charity.

One woman is running 52 of them to raise money for cancer research.

Julie Weiss is a runner, with dozens of marathons and half-marathons from around the globe under her belt.

This September, Weiss will be in Olathe for the Patriots’ Run.

But no race has been more important than what's ahead.

"My goal is a million dollars. Can it happen? It can  definitely happen. I totally got this." Weiss said.

Weiss is part of "Team Home" to raise money and awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

And she's doing it one marathon a week for 52 weeks.

"My body's getting used to this,” Said Weiss. “I'm changing my diet, becoming more healthy."

You might think she's crazy. But her biggest fan never thought that.

Weiss’ dad died of pancreatic cancer in 2010, Just one week before

The biggest  moment in her running career. "He always wanted me to qualify for Boston and always hoped I would. He wasn't able to be there but I did qualify for Boston that day and he was totally with me. He was my wings." Weiss said.

In his memory, every step she takes, is one step closer to finding a cure.

"My father was gone within 35 days of his diagnosis. So the only people out there to do something about it are the family, people who've been affected by it."

For Weiss, it's a mission. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States, According to Team Hope, and one of the least funded for research.

Weiss’ website, www. marathongoddess.com has already raised more than $100,000 towards her million dollar goal.

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