Ultramarathon runner, Corey Cappelloni and his grandmother, Ruth Andres are very close. Grandma is 98 years old and she lives in a nursing home. The coronavirus pandemic has been very hard on her, because like many seniors she is very lonesome. Corey made it a point to call her every other day and he send her gifts on a weekly basis. He was feeling helpless when Grandma Ruth would say things like “I might never see you again.”
Corey and his girlfriend Susan came up with the idea to run the distance from Washington DC to Scranton, Pennsylvania so they could see her through the window. That’s about 220 miles. They turned it into a fundraiser for the nursing home. As they were preparing for the journey, they got news that Ruth’s roommate tested positive for COVID-19. Ruth contracted the virus shortly after. After seven long days, a wrong turn or two, and 220 miles, Corey made it to Scranton to visit Ruth, who lives on the fourth floor of the nursing home. Even though, Corey couldn’t go in, he was able to talk to his grandmother through a microphone and of course a socially distant crowd was cheering him on.