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Friends running Boston Marathon for charity

Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 |
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two friends are reuniting over their shared passion for running and helping kids.

Both of them are training to run the Boston Marathon later this year, and both are doing it while raising money for two different charities.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Detective Christina Ellis has been seriously running for two years, and last year competed in the Chicago Marathon.

While training, she witnessed the devastating bombings in Boston, and later decided that marathon would be her next venture.

Ellis is taking on the challenge by running through a charity.

She decided Cops for Kids with Cancer was a good fit.

"This race will be one obviously I'll never forget. I think it's going to be very emotional after last year and my teammates in Boston who are also running for Cops for Kids with Cancer have been communicating online. We're all getting really pumped and the organizer is actually seeing about trying to find a family that we can all go and give some money to while in Boston," Ellis said.

Detective Ellis's partner in the venture is her high school friend Keith Williams.

He's been an avid runner for about 9 years.

Both realized their passion for running at a high school reunion, and later found out through Facebook that they both planned to run the Boston Marathon through a charity.

Williams is running for the Boston Children's Hospital to help raise money for a boy with cerebral palsy.

"As much as you talk about the grueling Saturday mornings and long training runs during the week, at the end of the day I'm doing the easy part," Williams said. "The hard part is for the family and friends and those people that are there every day for all the appointments and all the things that are needed at the hospital."

Both Ellis and Williams must raise thousands of dollars for their charities in order to compete in the marathon.

Ellis has surpassed her goal, raising close to $12,000.

Williams is still working toward his, and stands just $2,000 short.

If you'd like to donate to either charity, click below.

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