Woman running across the country for Challenged Athletes Foundation

Molly Cuevas is running to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. (Instagram / @milesxmolly)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHR) — Molly Cuevas has always been a competitor. After her four years on the field hockey team at Adelphi University, the 24-year-old decided to challenge herself in a way she’s never been challenged before.

“That was a question,” Molly admits. “Am I physically capable of doing that? That’s the first thing that popped into my mind.”

Motivated by one of her mentors as well as the desire to raise awareness for a great cause, Molly made it her mission to cross the country on foot.

She started in Santa Monica, California on April 1 and will finish in Montauk, New York on June 29. It’s taking her three months, through 12 states. When it is over she will have trekked 3,137 miles.

“It’s pretty great she’s doing this.”

While she’s running, Molly is raising money and awareness for Challenged Athletes Foundation or CAF. It’s a nonprofit providing support and opportunity for athletes with physical challenges.

“I just really wanna get the word out because I feel like not enough people know about CAF and what they do,” Molly said.

While running through Indiana on Monday, Molly made a pit stop at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. There she met 13 -year-old Landis Sims.

Landis is a CAF athlete from southern Indiana. He was born without hands or feet but still plays basketball and baseball.

“The biggest obstacle would probably be the mental state because I have to have different adaptations,” Landis said.

Landis running the bases. (Provided by family)

Thanks to CAF, Landis has received $7,500 in grants to help him play the games he loves.

“My ultimate goal is to play as best as I can and go as far as I can,” Landis said.

It’s athletes like Landis that inspire Molly on her journey and the feeling of admiration is mutual.

“It means a lot because it’s gonna give more chances to other kids like me to be better at their sports,” Landis said. “It’s pretty great she’s doing this.”

To donate to Miles by Molly and CAF as she continues her journey across the country visit, click here.