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Drug Runner for Life

Linda Quirk's marathon journey to save her child from drug addiction

Marathon runner Linda Quirk has traversed several thousand miles on foot across the jungle, along the Great Wall of China and in the hostile Gobi desert.

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But Quirk's goal wasn't a medal. Her stepdaughter, Katherine, was a homeless methamphetamine addict, and Quirk felt that writing a check for rehab wasn't enough. She had seen too many other addicted adults who couldn't afford treatment without their parents' help. So Quirk began running to raise awareness and funds for these desperate dependents. Since Quirk began running, including back-to-back marathons (she's run on every continent, including Antarctica) and hundred-mile desert races, her daughter has gotten clean and is now a wife and mother with two healthy children of her own. Now she and Quirk are working to make sure other families never lose hope. My Generation's Andy Field joined Quirk on what is literally a run for life.

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