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Waverly teens prepare for 350-mile run across state

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Wise and his friend Brad Wylam are running across the state to raise awareness about malaria. Their trek begins on Tuesday in Hall. They'll end up in Dubuque on July 2. Wise and his friend Brad Wylam are running across the state to raise awareness about malaria. Their trek begins on Tuesday in Hall. They'll end up in Dubuque on July 2.
WAVERLY (KWWL) -

Some Waverly teenagers are lacing up to hit the pavement for a purpose.

"Oh I'm really excited. It's an awesome adventure we get to go on, and doing it for a cause just makes it that much better," said Ethan Wise, 17, of Waverly.

Wise and his friend Brad Wylam are running across the state to raise awareness about malaria.

Their trek begins on Tuesday in Hall. They'll end up in Dubuque on July 2.

Their friend Scott VanDaalen will drive alongside them and serve as their support during the trip.

The teens plan on speaking at area churches and civic organizations during each stop to raise awareness about malaria and raise funding for malaria research.

"It's completely unfair," said Wise. "Just because they live in a foreign country doesn't mean that they deserve that."

"Everybody is a human being, so it doesn't matter where you're from or where you come from," said Wylam.

The runners say having a purpose will make the trip more meaningful.

"I think if we were just running across the state we might give up," said Wise. "It's three weeks of just running all day and putting in so many miles, and every day we have something to look forward to, something to have purpose to do it."

"We don't really want to say that kids can't make a difference, and that's kind of one of our things," said Wylam. "Even though we're only 17, we can still try to help people no matter what."

Donations collected along the route will go to either the ELCA Malaria Campaign or to the United Methodist Imagine No Malaria campaign.

To learn more about the project, visit http://www.runningfrommalaria.com.

You can also follow the teens' trek across the state on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RunningFromMalaria.

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