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56 Year-Old Grandmother Announces Attempt to Become First Woman to Complete the 4 Deserts(TM) in Under a Year
Date:9/2/2009

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- After running a marathon on each of the seven continents in under a year by March of 2009, Linda Quirk of Run7on7.com fame is now announcing her next greatest endeavor: to attempt to become the first woman to complete the 4 Deserts - a grueling series of ultra-marathons - in under a year in 2010. This announcement is a continuation of her global efforts to raise funds and awareness for drug and alcohol addiction treatment and recovery, something she personally experienced after almost losing her stepdaughter to a gripping meth addiction.

"I see this next attempt as a way to raise global awareness for drug and alcohol addiction and recovery," says Linda Quirk. "After completing seven marathons on seven continents I've personally seen how the disease of addiction is without boundaries."

Linda's goal has always been to help raise $1 million dollars for Caron Treatment Center's addiction scholarship program that helps families in need gain access to treatment at Caron. To date, Run7on7.com has successfully raised close to $300,000. However, Linda's hopeful this next quest will get her closer to her million dollar goal.

"It's been difficult," says Linda Quirk. "At one end you have a 56 year-old body running all these extreme marathons in under a year, and at the other, a fundraising mission during an economic crisis. What keeps me going is I honestly believe we need to do more to highlight the positive affects of recovery and to encourage people to seek treatment."

Caron is a nonprofit addiction treatment center that helps those affected by alcohol and drugs and their families begin a new life. Linda's stepdaughter, Katherine, began her journey from methamphetamine addiction to recovery at Caron Renaissance in Florida, som
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