Alaska has become Cathy Powers' third stop in her quest to honor lost veterans by running in every U.S. state this year.

The North Carolina woman presented a wreath Friday to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's 3rd Munitions Squadron. Powers then took part in a 5K run, her latest to raise awareness for national veterans memorial program Wreaths Across America.

Powers is making the nationwide trek in memory of her son, Senior Airman Bryce Kenneth Powers, who died April 26, 2013 while stationed in Japan. Powers took up running to help herself escape severe depression.

"I quit living, I started using food as a drug and gained a bunch of weight," Powers said. "About one and a half years ago, I changed my life, started living for me and my son, and I lost 140 pounds."

She wants others to understand there is hope, even for those suffering from depression.

"Being stuck in that place, with no hope, and believing the lie that life would basically never be good again fully, it's just the wrong message," Powers said. "Life can still be great."

So far, Powers has completed 190 miles of running. Her goal is to run 1,000 miles by the end of the year.

Beyond Alaska, Powers has completed runs in California and Hawaii. She will take two weeks off before she resumes her journey in Maine.

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