A Milford residents runs marathons, half-marathons and 5K's and 10K's to fight cancer.

At the age of 65, many people tend to slow down on their physical activities, such as running, swimming or playing tennis. But that’s not the case for Milford resident James Newton, who is the Kent County, Delaware’s Environmental Program Manager. His office is in Dover at the Blue Hen Mall office complex.

A few months ago, Newton was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma. “I was told this is a rare and aggressive blood cancer, and I am either going to try chemotherapy combined with a stem cell transplant, or I may consider one of the new experimental treatments,” he said.

Newton also helps raise funds for cancer research through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Delaware as a member of the Team in Training group.

He said he has, and will continue, to support numerous cancer causes through his running. He estimates he’s raised thousands of dollars, including more than $10,000 when he ran the New York City Marathon and the Disney Goofy Challenge in Disney World in Florida.  The Goofy Challenge includes a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday.

He’s been running since 1977, and completed his first New York City Marathon in 2004. Newton said he’s already completed 17 marathons, numerous half marathons and 5K and 10K races, “and that come out to about about 45 thousand miles.”

Despite his recent illness, Newton said he will continue to raise money to fight leukemia and lymphoma by running in the Chicago Marathon on October 12, which is also the date of his 65th birthday. His goal is to raise $2,900 before the event.

Anyone wishing to donate can log on to www.teamintraining.org and click the donate link.  Then search for his name “Jim Newton” and click on his Chicago Marathon page.

Team in Training is a national effort by athletes of all types and sizes that run marathons, bike and/or hike long distances and compete in triathlons to help raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Since its inception in 1988, more than 600,000 Team in Training members have raised over $1.4 billion.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. It was founded in 1949. 

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  LLS funds research, provides patient services and offers help financing the expensive treatment costs associated with blood cancers.