Cancer Survivor Runs Wineglass 5K
CORNING (WENY) -- The Wineglass Marathon brings thousands of runners to the Crystal City from all over the country and around the world. This weekend, Corning got a special visit from a lung cancer survivor-- who's never smoked-- on a journey to raise awareness and run 5K's in all 50 states.
Linda Wortman was diagnosed by the Mayo Clinic with lung cancer close to six years ago. She's here in Corning from Big Sky, Montana
"When they first diagnosed me, with the aid of a CT Scan and blood work and other things, they suspected I had had it for at least two years," says Linda.
She's since had surgery and is now Cancer-free. An avid skier, Linda turned to running when there wasn't much snow. She says the physical activity helped her heal.
"As a result of the lung cancer it was quite difficult to move for quite a while," says Linda.
But that didn't hold Linda back. Now, she hopes her runs bring awareness to the issue and helps raise money for research.
"Some people take cancer as a real downer, I took it on as a challenge," says Linda. "At this point in my life, I almost consider it a blessing because it's really helped me get back on track for living a healthy life."
With her husband Jerry as her number one fan, the couple has the goal of running 5K's in all 50 states. Corning is their 32nd stop.
"After 50 states, we'll see, but we've already competed in two half marathon cross-country races and I think we'll keep doing that for a while," says Linda.
And Linda's race didn't stop in Corning, yesterday, she took on