Woman pushes herself to the limit for cancer research

Terri Smith-Wright raised more than $8,000 dollars for the Dopey Challenge.
Terri Smith-Wright raised more than $8,000 dollars for the Dopey Challenge.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Terri Smith-Wright says it all started in 1998, when her brother was diagnosed with Leukemia. Since then, she has raised more than $40,000 and has ran 15 half-marathons and eight marathons.

Earlier this month, Smith-Wright was chosen by Team in Training to run the Dopey Challenge at Disney World in Orlando.

Team in Training is an athletic training program run by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to raise donations.

Smith-Wright raised more than $8,000 for the race. She said she keeps a collection of ribbons with names of those affected by cancer close by.

“I want it to be a challenge because I want it to honor the people that I am doing it for, so I try difficult and challenging ones. I also want to be worth and earn the donation that people are giving me,” said Smith-Wright.

The Dopey Challenge is a four-day challenge. Runners run a 5,000 meter race on Thursday, a 10,0000 meter race on Friday, a half-marathon on Saturday, and marathon on Sunday.

On the last day of the Dopey Challenge Terri completed the marathon portion with a stress fracture in her leg.

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