When East Bay resident James Quinn’s mother, Janice Quinn, was diagnosed with stage-IV neuroendocrine tumor (NET), James felt compelled to take action. He has decided to run up Mount Diablo as a means of drawing attention to his mom’s battle with cancer and helping to raise financial support for her treatment. He hopes to raise $38,490, or ten dollars for each foot of Mount Diablo’s total elevation.
The Run for Jan will take place on September 26, 2015, at 8:00 am. It will start at the parking lot of the Athenian School in Danville and continue up the main road to the summit. A former world-class professional triathlete, James expects to complete the 11.2-mile run in approximately 90 minutes. The event is informal, and James welcomes other local running enthusiasts to join him. There is no registration fee.
James says, “During my brother’s three-year cancer battle, my mom was always at my brother’s side. She inspired me so much by her sacrificial love. Now it’s my turn to fight for her—to help her deal with all that she is facing. My hope is that this running event will serve as an expression of love and appreciation for my mom, and will help to cover the costs of medical treatment to push back the cancer and enable her to enjoy her family for many years to come.”
The Run for Jan has already netted more than $14,000 in donations. In the summer of 2013, James completed a 62-mile run along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Tow Path from West Virginia to Washington, D.C., in order to raise money for his brother’s battle against another rare cancer. That event raised nearly $40,000.