FORT LAWRENCE - Running more than 20 km per day, Jonathan Young wants people to know of the Palliative Care Program that supported his mother during her battle with cancer.
The Pictou native has put on his running shoes to run from one end of the Sunrise Trail to the other in support of the program at the Aberdeen Hospital.
He plans on finishing in Fort Lawrence later this month.
"I was directly affected because my mother passed away last July and suffered from lung cancer," Young said after finishing his second day of running. "For the last six months, she was in the Palliative Care Program, and it was the most wonderful experience, as far as the family is concerned, in the fact that she was so well cared for in her home."
Young's mother remained and was cared for in her home until a week before she passed away, and was then transferred to the Palliative Care Unit in the hospital.
He was so impressed by the program, even under the circumstances, that Young wanted to do something for the Palliative Care Program.
"I had the idea back in October to do the run, because I've been running for 10 years. I thought about running across Nova Scotia, but then I thought I'd come back to Pictou County and run through the county on the Sunrise Trail and do it for the people who cared for her and the program that took such good care of her," said Young.
Because Young teaches phys ed and social studies at a private middle school south of Brussels in Belgium, he credits his cousin Mary MacDonald and her husband Walter for a lot of the legwork and fundraising.
Running at a slow pace, Young said he's taking the Sunrise Trail day-by-day and step-by-step.
"I think it's possible to complete it at a very slow pace. I'm not trying to race this at all.
"I'm enjoying it, but it's what I do when I'm not running that's really important - taking vitamins, drinking lots of water, eating a lot and resting and sleeping a lot," he said.
"This has been a lot of learning experiences. I've trained a lot for this. I've run 100 k per week, I've run twice daily for a period of time, I've run in mountains and I've done extended long runs."
Young's schedule sees him finishing in Fort Lawrence the morning of July 26.