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Local family running from Fargo to Milnor to honor family member who passed away from cancer and to raise money

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - One local family, with three sisters leading the pack, is hitting streets in southeastern North Dakota to raise money for Relay for Life, and remember a man they lost to cancer.

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Team JB Weller of Gwinner spent the day running more miles than most of us drive, a family relay from Fargo to Milnor.

While most of us spent the day beating the heat and humidity.

Paula Clarke/JB Weller's Daughter: "It's a beautiful day. We're happy for no rain."

This crew traded in their sandals for sneakers, and pounded the pavement on North Dakota back roads.

Maria Weller/JB Weller's Daughter: "Running is probably always a little bit of a hard thing, but I can do hard things."

Like running a relay, nearly three times longer than a marathon.

Ariel Waloch/Runner: "My Weller genes keep kicking in."

75 miles to be exact, each one weaving their way from Fargo to Milnor.

Maria: "We're running home."

Sun-up to sun-down, while thinking back to why they started this family tradition.

Colin Clarke/Runner: "We think about those who are fighting cancer and whatever challenges we're facing when we're running, pales in comparison to those who are fighting cancer."

Paula: "For each mile I was thinking about one person that I know that has survived cancer or had cancer and passed away."

Paula and her sisters had to say goodbye to their father- JB Weller- who lost his battle with cancer. But serves as the backbone pushing this team.

Ariel: "Every time, I just look up at my grandpa and ask him for strength."

Now his girls, and their families- dedicate their day and energy, running for those who can't.

Maria: "I think he would be real proud. He liked to this his girls were tough. And I suppose most people would think that running 75 miles is sort of a tough thing to do, and he'd like that."

All so other families can maybe someday- win the fight.

Colin: "We hope that we're making a difference for others."

Ariel: "He is looking down on us and he would be proud of what we're doing.'

You can catch up with the team or donate through their Facebook page- Team JB Weller Running.

This year, they hope to raise $5,000 Bringing their grand total to the $20,000 mark.

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Kay Cooley
Kay Cooley came to WDAY 6 News in September of 2012. She was born in a suburb of Chicago then made her home in Hershey, PA. Kay graduated from Northwestern University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. At Northwestern, Kay was a member of the Division I Women’s Swim Team and a reporter for the Northwestern News Network on campus. Before coming to WDAY, Kay was working for KVRR in Fargo and interned at ABC27 in Harrisburg, PA. When she’s not out in the field reporting, Kay enjoys being active and spending time with friends and family. If you have story ideas, questions or just want to say hello, feel free to email Kay at kcooley@wday.com.
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