SARANAC - One local track coach is using his love of running to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Saranac Central School's assistant track coach Matt Medeiros is planning to take part in the Dodge Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon June 5, in San Diego, Calif., and raise at least $2,500 for the society.
"I've been getting brochures from the society for about five years now," said Medeiros. "I've always wondered what they were and my dad kind of told me that you fundraise some money and they'll pay for you to go do an event."
Medeiros explained out of the various events happening across the country in June for the society, he chose the half marathon as a part of a goal he set for himself.
"My ultimate goal this year was to run a half marathon every month in preparation for my first full marathon next year," he said.
In addition, Medeiros likes the thought of working toward his goal while helping a cause.
"I've lost relatives to cancer and I actually have two relatives right now fighting cancer," he explained. "It's a cause that I think needs to be aided with some type of fundraising."
Medeiros hopes the community will help his cause - as they did four years ago.
In April 2007, Medeiros earned the opportunity to be a part of Team USA at the Atlas Snowshoes World Snowshoe Championships.
"I was able to raise $3,500 in just three weeks. Just from community support," Medeiros said. "And that was just for me to go over and accomplish a dream that I've had for a long long time. Now this is for a great cause. I'd like to get the community behind me again."
"I think I can get the community behind me, not just runners, but people who are fighting cancer themselves or have family members or friends who are fighting cancer," he added.
If Medeiros reaches his goal and attends the half marathon in San Diego, he is going to have a T-shirt made especially for the event.
"If somebody wants me to run in memory or in honor of somebody who has died, I'd like to get a list of people and the week before I go, go down and get the names screened on the back," he said. "In memory of, in honor of, that type of thing."
To have a name put on the T-shirt, Medeiros is asking for people to give a $30-40 donation.
If interested in giving a donation in Medeiros' name, visit www.teamintraining.org, search for Medeiros' name and follow the instructions. Medeiros is also accepting checks that he will submit himself. Send checks to 131 Ganong Dr., Saranac N.Y. 12981.
"I'm all about giving back to charity funds," Medeiros said. "It's definitely going to make the world better. Whether it's locally, or globally."