Cain Leathers, a 2012 Swanton High School graduate, embarked on a mission May 15 to run across the entire state of Pennsylvania to raise awareness and financial support for a charity that is special to him.
As a suicide survivor, Leathers has spent the last 10 years training to compete in marathons and ultra-distance events. He took inspiration from the sport to push him to healthy decisions and a healthy body.
“I know what it’s like to be in a world where you feel alone; to not have family around that you can turn to,” said Leathers. “When I’m running, I can be whoever I want to be. There’s no pretending. No hiding; just me and the road and my limitless ambition.”
Leathers is using his experience to motivate others and create a lasting impact with an organization that helps similar youth through difficult situations.
Leathers raised half of his goal of $5,000 before the run started and was confident people would support him during the run.
Through the windy back roads of western Pennsylvania and over the hills of central Pennsylvania, Leathers will complete this 370 mile journey over the weekend in his home city of Philadelphia at the New Jersey border.
With May being mental health awareness month, Leathers is undertaking this feat to highlight The Trevor Project, which is the national suicide hotline for LGBTQ+ youth.
Those interested can follow his progress on a site created for this event at www.RunAcrossPA.com