Midlands woman runs for cancer research

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- Pounding the pavement mile after mile can be grueling, but if you compare it to fighting cancer, it's a walk in the park.

Gloria Jordan is training for a half-marathon in November to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The Midlands woman's 28-year-old sister Nicole has been battling leukemia since being diagnosed in December 2010.

Nicole, who lives in Sumter, enjoyed running before her diagnosis and can't wait to get back in her running shoes. Until then, Gloria will do the running for her.

" If you think training for an endurance event is tough, try chemo. That's part of my motivation," said Jordan.

Gloria is competing in next month's half-marathon as a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. Members train for endurance events, from marathons, to triathlons, to long distance cycling races.

Each team selects someone called an Honored Patient to compete for, and raises money for cancer research. Jordan has chosen her sister.

"My sister at this point is officially my hero," said Jordan. "To be able to train for something and just have her in mind as my feet are pounding the pavement, just thinking this is for you, Nicole, this is for you."

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