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Rock 'n' Roll Marathon team runs race for young Leukemia survivor


More than 18,000 runners will be descending on the streets of Savannah for Saturday's third annual Rock ‘n' Roll marathon.

A group of seven runners from Beaufort County are competing this year for a special cause.

The waterfront park and the Woods Memorial bridge have all been part of the training ground for these runners for the last few months.

They say they're ready for Saturday's race and they're going to do it all for Nicholas Abrams.

"He's always had a smile on his face, I think when he was born, he had the big smile on his face also," said his mother, Becki Abrams.

When Abrams, 6, was diagnosed with Leukemia in February 2012, his mother said he was determined to keep that smile on his face.

"He's been a joy," she said.  

Nicholas has a lot to smile about.

Six months ago, a group of church friends approached his mother with the idea of running in the Savannah Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon and making Nicholas their 'Honored Hero.'

Becki, who has never run a half marathon before, quickly stepped up to the challenge.

"We run anywhere from Old Point, across the bridge to Lady's Island," said Abrams.

The group, known as "Team and Training Leukemia/Lymphoma Society," has been training three times a week since June.

They've raised roughly $4600 in research funds.  

"It's definitely meaningful and a lot of our participants this is a first time event for them, and it's really great to see them grow through the running," said coach and friend Cami Bodnar.  

Armed with her support bands on her wrist, Becki says the support for her son is overwhelming.

"It's very exciting knowing that they're doing this for Nick because he is a very special kid. He is my hero," said Abrams.  

The group says they plan to continue training together once the race is over.

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