Helene is the first woman (and the second person) to run across every state in America, and the first person in recorded history to run solo.
On May 1, 2010, Helene, a survivor of three brain abscesses, three brain surgeries, and reoccurring lymphoma, embarked on a quest to run across every state in America to inspire the nation to “Rethink Impossible.” Along the way, she found that there is more right with humanity than she ever imagined. Her run took her nine years and 13,850 miles. Helene ran through treacherous terrain, horrific weather, and despite cancer, broken bones, an attempted assault and abduction, the death of a sibling and a parent, she continued. Helene ran to inspire others to realize their dreams and along the way found a deeper love for her country and its people. Helene is featured in The Human Race: A Documentary, directed by Liz Vassey.
The most spiritual thing we can do is embrace humanity and connect with those around us. What if we reach out and celebrate each other’s strengths rather than weaknesses? I relied on community and found mankind. – Helene Neville
Helene’s run is as much about humanitarianism as athleticism. She runs to dispel beliefs about human potential and limitations as well as inspire the generations of dreamers to become doers. Helene has been featured widely nationally and internationally in print, TV, and radio. In addition to, and complimenting her athletic and humanitarian career, she has written four books, is a nurse, an inspirational speaker, and an entrepreneur. However, her greatest accomplishment is being a mom & grandmother.
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*This episode was recorded prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.