Former PSJ resident Jim Newton fights cancer his way: running marathons


Jim Newton standing next to a display of his finisher medals, running bibs and other memorabilia at the Kent County complex, in Dover, DE.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 09:27 AM.

One would think that having run for over 37 years, covered over 45,000 miles, completed 17 marathons, many half marathons, 10k’s and 5k’s, one would be in fairly good health. You might see Jim Newton, Kent County, DE’s Environmental Program Manager, and a former Port St. Joe resident and co-founder of the Scallop Festival, running around Milford, DE or between Harrington, DE and Milford.  

Then a few months ago he noticed a lump on his neck.  After numerous tests, it was determined that he had mantle cell lymphoma, a rare and aggressive blood cancer.  The treatment approach is either chemotherapy followed by stem cell transplant or a lifetime of pill swallowing and monthly IV injections. 

“This is just another obstacle to overcome in life,“ he said. “I’m still running. I have supported numerous cancer causes through my running.  I have raised over $10,000 for cancer research by running the New York City Marathon and the Disney Goofy Challenge (half marathon on Saturday, full marathon on Sunday).”

In fact, he is using his running efforts to help raise funds to fight leukemia and lymphoma.  He will be running the Chicago Marathon on October 12 (his 65th birthday) to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through its Team in Training program, but he needs your help to reach his goal of $2900.

If you would like to help, simply log on to and click the donate link.  Then search for his name “Jim Newton” and click on his Chicago Marathon page.

Team in Training is a national effort by athletes of all types and sizes that run marathons, bike and/or hike long distances and compete in triathlons to help raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Since its inception in 1988, more than 600,000 Team in Training members have raised over $1.4 billion.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( is the world's largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services that was founded in 1949. 

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