From a distance they're just another group of runners training for Sunday's Vermont City Marathon.
"I am so nervous, says Caroline Moats."
That's because this is Moats first marathon.
"At first I said I wanted to do this as a personal challenge, I didn't really realize what the cause was and now the more I read about it, it's really impressive."
Caroline and roughly forty other first year UVM medical students are running and raising money to support The Penelope and Sam fund for Neuroblastoma Research.
"I'm so proud of my classmates, the community, they've really embraced us, the school, everyone," explains David Diller.
Neuroblastoma is one of the most fatal forms of cancer that afflicts very young children. The Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont is a leader in Neuroblastoma research.
"When we're running and fundraising we know we're doing something that's directly connected and integrated into cutting edge medicine and that's a rare thing as a first year medical student," explains UVM medical student Matthew Meyer.
Run, sweat, give is the groups motto.
"It means a lot to me and I think that's what's going to get me across the finish line," say first time marathoner Ami Topli.
"Hopefully a couple of patients and their families are gonna come out on race day right around the twenty-two, twenty-three stretch. We look over there, give them high five's, that'll keep us going through the finish," says Diller.
The runners are determined not only to cross the finish line, but to meet their fundraising goal of $20.000.
"A lot of research is really tough, most kids don't get better but at least a few more
are getting better than would normally," explains Moats.
"The whole reason we got into being doctors was because we enjoyed helping out other people. We want to show that we do more than just study," says Diller.
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