SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - While Savannah fills up with runners from across the world for the Rock 'n' Roll marathon, one group has a special reason for crossing the finish line.
"It not only raises money for research for cancer patients, but it also has funds for patient assistance, bill assistance and it helps make it easier on the patient when they are going through cancer," said Coach Karin Best.
These peppy runners are part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program.
It's a chance for the athletes to compete along side members from around the country, while raising funds to fight against cancer.
"We have 11 chapters here in North America," said Best. "10 from the United States and one from Canada coming to Savannah to run this race."
As the world's largest endurance sports training program, Team in Training has raised $1.2 billion for blood cancer research. About 73 runners from Savannah's Team in Training program are signed up for Saturday's race.
"It brought a lot of awareness to me," said Jed Young. "I have learned a lot about my friends and family who have relatives with leukemia and lymphoma, so I have raised personally $1500. Our group has raised $85,000."
So their eyes remain on the finish line as they run for a charitable cause.