LEVANT, Maine — Jayda Bailey, 12, daughter of Jassen and Jennifer Bailey of Levant, is running for a cause.
“I’m running 100 miles to raise money for lung cancer research,” she said. She was motivated in her quest to raise funds and awareness of lung cancer by her grandmother, Edith Graves of Levant, who died of the disease on Aug. 21, 2011. “I want to raise money so no one will have to go through what she went through.”
Jayda is a seventh-grader at All Saints Catholic School in Bangor where she is an all-A student. Her favorite subject is language arts. She recently took up jujitsu and said she’s thinking about becoming an athletic trainer or a professional jujitsu competition fighter.
“I started running in the fifth grade because I wasn’t any good at softball, but I wasn’t very good at running either,” she said with a laugh. Her running skill has improved since then though. “I used to run a 19-minute mile. Now I run an 8- to 9-minute mile.”
For her fundraising effort, Jayda runs two to three miles at a time. Already this year she has raised more than $600. Last year she raised $2,580. Her fundraising goal for this year is $1,000 to benefit LUNGevity, a nonprofit organization. For information, visit lungevity.org.
To donate to Jayda’s cause, visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Jaydas-100-Mile-Run-For-Lung-Cancer/.