Crestview man raises cancer research awareness with exercise, photo diary


Daniel Richards — pictured with his son, Caleb, 6 — is running a mile or more in his "55 days of inspiration" to commemorate people with cancer. Katie Mitchell, whose name is written on the Richards' faces, is recovering from leukemia.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This report is part of the News Bulletin's ongoing series on cancer-research fundraisers. The newspaper is proud to support Relay For Life Crestview, which will take place 6 p.m. April 25 at Shoal River Middle School.

CRESTVIEW — Daniel Richards has found a way to combine his love of running and his passion for raising awareness to find a cure for cancer.

"I'm calling it 55 days of inspiration," he says.  

 Since early December, the Davidson Middle School science teacher has run a mile or more each day to honor cancer survivors, those dealing with cancer and those who have died from it.

Richards honors each person by writing their first name across his face, he contemplates their journey as his feet hit the pavement, and he posts a photo diary on his Facebook page.

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"There is a story about everyone," he said. "I just get to go out every day and I get a chance to think about these people and what they have gone through."

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