Yasir Salem is stretching, lacing up his sneakers and hitting the road to prep for the Chisholm Trail Marathon. It isn’t his first go around.
“I’m running a marathon in every state,” said Yasir Salem, Gweneviere Mann Foundation.
The Wichita marathon is number 19 in his 50 in 50 campaign. His reason is for more than just a good finish time.
“I lost my wife almost a year ago now, on July 22, to lung cancer,” said Yasir.
Gweneviere Mann was a runner and didn’t smoke and at just 47 years old died from the disease.
Since her death, Yasir has been working continuously on a foundation named after his late wife.
“We talked about this before she left us,” said Yasir.
The Gweneviere Mann Foundation is working to raise awareness of lung cancer and getting scanned.
He’s spreading the word is by talking to communities about his wife’s experience and what they learned.
Besides joining marathon day, Yasir does more work in every state.
“Visiting survivors and cancer centers,” said Yasir.
And plans to bring CT scanners to two of his marathons. He also learns about each city he stops in while thinking of Gweneviere.
“When I spend three or four hours running around a city, 26 miles, you really get to know it,” said Yasir.
Yasir works in media in New York City but says this side project is what he wants to take off.
“This is a big part of who I am right now and will continue to be,” said Yasir.
The foundation has raised more than $43,000, and there is a way to donate online by visiting www.gwenevieremann.org.