Orland Man to Run Across the Country for Cancer Awareness

Meet the North State's next Forrest Gump.

Posted: May. 22, 2018 5:25 PM

Orland, Calif. -- Meet the North State's next Forrest Gump.

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Justin Smith, of Orland, is preparing for possibly one of the longest runs of his life.

In Forrest Gump-style, Smith will be running from San Francisco to Boston, and it is all for a great cause.

Smith recently raised more than $6,000 for '4K for Cancer,' an event that aims to raise awareness and raise money for young adults with cancer. The journey will take about 49 days.

Running is not new to Smith, he started running when he was a freshman at Orland High School.

Smith recently raised enough funding to qualify for the '4K for Cancer.' Smith will join a team of runners and take turns running.

Along the way, Smith will stop at a couple of cancer centers, drop off care packages and mingle with patients.

Smith leaves on June 17th from San Francisco and will arrive in Boston on August 4th. His team will be stopping at cities, such as Jackson, Wyoming and Chicago, Illinois along the way.

Action News Now asked Smith why he is participating in this run.

"I've always had a love for running and I've always loved helping people out and so this just kind of came into a perfect storm of combining two things I love doing," said Smith.

If you would like to follow Smith on his journey or donate to his cause, you can do so here.

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