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Wow! Endurance athlete Jason Lester hits the treadmill for 24 hours to ‘crush cancer’

http://twitter.com/#!/ShaneMcGonigal/status/318037654379831296

To all, you should follow @jasonlester while he does his 24 hour treadmill run to benefit a family in Hawaii that needs out help #neverstop

— The Gonzo (@TheTxGonzo) March 30, 2013

#TeamNEVERSTOP RT. Lets crush cancer in the next 24hrs. #LIVESTRONG stand up jasonplester.com/24hr_Run_For_C…

— JASON Ⓥ LESTER(@jasonlester) March 30, 2013

According to his (unverified) Twitter account, Nike ultra endurance athlete Jason Lester is more than halfway through a 24-hour treadmill run to raise awareness and funds to benefit a Hawaiian couple diagnosed with cancer.

On Friday, March 29th, I will be playing a very small part in helping to bring awareness and financial support for the Opiopio family.   At 6:00 p.m., I will begin a Treadmill run lasting 24 hours (6:00 p.m., March 29th until 6:00 p.m., March 30th) to benefit a strong, lovely family of five at Big Island Honda Kona.

One cancer diagnosis in a family can be difficult and scary, but to have two diagnoses within the same month is the challenging reality that the Opiopio family is currently facing. Kaleo Opiopio was diagnosed with stage IV (4) colon cancer, which has metastasized into his liver, and his wife, Wendy, was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Kaleo and Wendy have three young, beautiful children.

On Saturday, March 30th from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., family and friends will be hosting a benefit event that will include entertainment, an auto show, and a silent auction.  There will also be lucky number drawings, jumping castles and much, much more.  ALL of the proceeds from this benefit will help alleviate some of the family’s financial burden associated with medical expenses.  ALL donations will go directly to the family immediately, and all product donations will be used toward the lucky number drawings and the silent auction.

Can you imagine? Running non-stop for 24 hrs on a treadmill? Some ppl struggle to stay awake that long. @jasonlester is a machine.

— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) March 30, 2013

Because a cross country run/bike, and 5 marathons in 5 days weren’t enough, @jasonlester is doing 24 hours on a treadmill. #legend

— Adam Hester (@GCSounderFan) March 30, 2013

Way to go @jasonlester you are quite the inspiration!#makeitcount #2013 jasonplester.com/24hr_Run_For_C…

— Adam K (@ABSOLUTHER1) March 30, 2013

Lester says his custom Nike Flyknit running shoes will be auctioned off to benefit the Opiopio family.

Who wants to win these pink “ JL “ @nikeFlyknit running shoes? (The only pair in the world) jasonplester.com/24hr_Run_For_C… twitter.com/jasonlester/st…

— JASON Ⓥ LESTER(@jasonlester) March 29, 2013

You can follow Lester’s progress on Twitter at @jasonlester.

JPL passing 35 miles and 14,000 fuelpoints

— JASON Ⓥ LESTER(@jasonlester) March 30, 2013

JPL crossing the one hour mark. Click here to support. jasonplester.com/24hr_Run_For_C… twitter.com/jasonlester/st…

— JASON Ⓥ LESTER(@jasonlester) March 30, 2013

Lester crossing mile 26 @ 4hrs 30min instagram.com/p/XeZrp8tTaC/

— JASON Ⓥ LESTER(@jasonlester) March 30, 2013

JPL passing 35 miles and 14,000 fuelpoints

— JASON Ⓥ LESTER(@jasonlester) March 30, 2013

JPL just passed mile 48 @ 9hrs. Join him and support jasonplester.com/24hr_Run_For_C…

— JASON Ⓥ LESTER(@jasonlester) March 30, 2013

18,000 fuel points in 10hrs

— JASON Ⓥ LESTER(@jasonlester) March 30, 2013

12hrs. 68miles. 20,000 fuel points.

— JASON Ⓥ LESTER(@jasonlester) March 30, 2013

JPL is on pace to break 40,000 @nikefuel points. What’s the record?

— JASON Ⓥ LESTER(@jasonlester) March 30, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/30/wow-endurance-athlete-jason-lester-hits-the-treadmill-for-24-hours-to-crush-cancer/

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