CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A Charlottesville woman is part of a team running across the United States.

Twenty-two-year-old Schuyler Hughes' journey is taking her from San Francisco to Baltimore.

Hughes has been training five times a week to run a total of more than 400 miles in a relay-style event.

A group of 30 will take turns running between 6 to 16 miles per day for 49 days.

They are all is helping to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

"I think it's really important that people that are affected by cancer know that there people out there that want to help and want to do something even though we have never been in their shoes and we don't know exactly what to do. We're still here beside them trying to help," Hughes said.

Hughes lost two grandparents to cancer. She says as a child she didn't fully understand the disease.

But now Hughes is using the 4K for Cancer as an opportunity to take action.

She is hosting a spaghetti dinner and fundraiser at Firefly on Monday, May 9. That event goes until 8 p.m.

Hughes hopes to raise a total of $5,000 for 4K for Cancer.