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Laramie Care Center Nurse to Run Across All 50 States

April 4, 2019

Laramie Care Center Nurse to Run Across All 50 States

Laramie Care Center Residents send off one of their nurses, Helene Neville, who is running across the state of Alaska. Neville goes the distance to demonstrate to those needing hope and inspiration what’s physically and mentally possible despite all odds. Alaska is the last state she needs before completing a run across all of the 50 states. Our home state of Wyoming was the 39th state that she completed. She liked the state and people so much she decided to come back and work as a nurse at Laramie Care Center, write her next book and train. 

On May 1, 2010, Neville, a survivor of three brain abscesses, three brain surgeries, and reoccurring lymphoma, embarked on a quest to run across every state in America to inspire the nation to “Rethink Impossible” along the way, she found that there’s more right with humanity than she ever imagined. On October 8, 2015, Neville was honored as a star on The Flag for Hope. She was one of 50 prominent iconic Americans chosen out of 323 million people for this honor. Among the 50 icons included as Flag for Hope Stars are Justice Sandra Day O’Conner, General Colin Powell, Admiral Patrick Walsh, Billie Jean King, Major General James E. Livingston, Muhamad Ali, Tom Selleck, and Carlos Santana. Helen is star number 12. This past year in 2018, she was featured in the acclaimed documentary, “The Human Race”. 

Having successfully run across 49 states covering, 12,285 miles, only the State of Alaska remains. At nine a.m. on April 6, 2019, at Earthquake Park, on West Northern Lights Boulevard, Helene will begin an 869 mile run to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to complete her journey of running across all 50 states to inspire others to “Rethink Impossible”. She chose Alaska, The Last Frontier, as her final state to run across because she feels her motto parallels with Alaska’s state motto “North to the Future” as both represent hope and promise.

Upon completion of Alaska, Neville will become the first woman, and the first person to run self-supported and only the second person in recorded history to run across all 50 states. She hopes to finish by her August birthday. She will run in two segments, Anchorage to Livengood (442 Miles) Livengood to Prudhoe Bay (427 Miles). The second segment is the most challenging as it will take her over the most treacherous highway in North America, The Dalton Highway. She will continue to raise funds for this final run as she will need roadside support to finish Alaska and complete her journey of running across all 50 United States.