In January of 2015, Kenny Capps, an avid ultramarathon runner from Black Mountain, NC, was forced to stop running after being diagnosed with stage-two Multiple Myeloma, which currently has no cure. After multiple rounds of chemotherapy and infusions, Capps underwent a mostly successful bone marrow transplant in August 2015. With his cancer in check, though not in remission, Capps began running again in 2017.
Saturday, April 1, 2018, Capps will depart from Jockey’s Ridge State Park near Nags Head, NC on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail destined for Clingmans Dome, 1,175 miles away, to raise awareness and funds for Myeloma.
“Kenny is an inspiration to us all,” said Dave Petri, Farm to Feet VP of marketing. “He is facing down two intimidating foes, cancer and a thousand mile-plus trail run, and we look forward to running with him when he crosses into Surrey County.”
In 2016, Capps hatched the idea to run the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and founded Throwing Bones for a Cure, Inc. to help others with cancer and raise money to fund myeloma research. Over the course of the 54-day run, Capps hopes to raise $117,500, or $100 per mile, for the foundation. One-third of funds will go directly to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Inc., one-third will go to future event planning and costs and one- third will go towards the establishment of the Throwing Bones Patient Relief Fund.
“Running has always been a way of coping for me,” said Capps. “Through Throwing Bones, I’m hoping to use running as a tool to help other people dealing with myeloma.”
Capps will be wearing Farm to Feet socks throughout his run, including several styles from Farm to Feet’s Mountain-to-Sea Trail collection that features styles made for and inspired by the trail including the Elkin Valley and Clingmans Dome.
To learn more about Farm to Feet and its collection of 100% American socks, visit www.farmtofeet.com.
To donate to Throwing Bones, follow Capps run and learn more about Multiple Myeloma visit www.throwingbonesrun.org