Colleen Caul has so far run from St. Louis to Putnam County. She intends to finish her run in New York City.
Why does she run? To spread awareness and raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis. Caul began her journey in honor of her younger sister Katie who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.
Cystic Fibrosis, or CF, is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes mucus to build up and clog some of the organs in the body, particularly the lungs and pancreas. There is currently no cure for the disease, but hopefully with Caul's and others' help, a cure will be found.
So Wednesday morning Caul met with locals Mike and Melissa Scott, Rebecka Howard and Nancy Knapp to share their stories of family members who have been afflicted with this disease. Knapp told of her grandsons who both have CF. Howard is a friend of the family who has headed up arranging local runners to meet with Caul during her stage of the journey through Putnam County.
As they shared their stories, it was as if they had all known each other their whole lives. They and their families have all been affected by CF and all strive to find one thing, a cure.
After hugs were exchanged, Caul and the Scotts loaded into the CF RV and headed about a mile west on U.S. 40 to continue where she stopped Tuesday. The Scotts planned to accompany Caul for about 8 miles of her journey.
As part of the journey, on Friday, Aug. 5, there will be a Run for Roses Rally at the Eagle Branch Library, 3325 Lowry Rd., Indianapolis. The rally will be from 2-3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Those wishing to can make a donation to Caul and her cause online at www.runforroses.com, or mail one to Colleen Caul at P.O. Box 191114, St. Louis, MO 63119, making checks payable to The Rose Foundation.