A Niagara area woman is about to embark on a journey to help battle a disease with no cure.
Emily Allan, of Fonthill Ontario, plans to run the entire Bruce Trail - all 895 kilometres of trail - as she raises money for Cystic Fibrosis research.
For Allan, the disease hits very close to home.
Her cousin Sarah passed away from Cystic Fibrosis at the young age of 23 while waiting for a lung transplant.
"Growing up, Cystic Fibrosis has been a part of my life and I've been exposed to it," says Allan. "Sarah and I were like two peas in a pod, we did everything together."
So on Saturday June 10th, 2017, Allan will begin her run in Tobermory at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula and run the entire Bruce Trail until she's back home in Niagara.
Allan says she's no stranger when it comes to running or being physically active; she is currently the Cross Country Coach at Brock University and has participated in other physically enduring events in the past.
As for being prepared to tackle such a long run, Allan says she's as prepared as she can be at this point.
Emily Allan has made it her life's work to not only raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis (which is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults) but to raise awareness as well.