100 for Cindy: one man's run for friendship

By Liz Flynn - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A good friend is a person who will go the extra mile for you. But what about 100 miles? Next week, Dan Hernandez will do just that for his friend, Cindy Randi, who's battling cancer for the third time.

Dan's competing in the Boulder 100, a 100 mile race in Colorado, to raise support for Cindy and her fight.

"It's been quite a moving experience," said Dan, walking with Cindy, his friend of more than 15 years.

It's not often you'll see Dan Hernandez walking. For the last four months, he's been training to run 100 miles to help Cindy.

"I wanted something that was challenging, monumental," he said. "Something that would be a bit symbolic to the fight with cancer that Cindy has gone through."

"He's my hero," said Cindy. "He gives me the strength to continue on."

Cindy was first diagnosed with cancer ten years ago. She has fought breast cancer twice, and was diagnosed in April with ovarian cancer. She recently finished chemotherapy, but is still dealing with the side effects of her treatment.

"Cindy has done everything right," explained Dan. "The only problem is she's been afflicted with cancer. I just had this conviction that somehow I had to help her out."

Dan laced up his running shoes to hit the road and the information super highway. Thanks to the power of the internet, he set up a website to gather emotional and financial support, 100% of which will help Cindy with her fight. He's calling his mission "100 for Cindy."

"People have gone to the website that I set up for this," he said. "They've read what this is all about. They've also generously given and it's been very, very touching."

"It's just very heart touching," added Cindy. "There are not words to express."

While Cindy won't be there in person to see Dan run, in her thoughts, she'll be with him every step of the way.

"In heart and spirit, I'll be there, rooting him on," she said. "I've got the greatest family and friends a person could ever want. That's played a great role in each time I've had to overcome this."

Dan has 30 hours to complete the 100 mile race. To learn more about it and how you can help Cindy Randi, see http://danlhernandez.com/cindy/.