One year ago today the unthinkable happened. A place that we began to take for granted became the site of unforeseeable tragedy. Having walked the finish line area for the more than 16 years that I lived in the Boston area and having sat there waiting for the finishers, I can’t imagine how it must have felt to be there that day. Watching from 270 miles away, I felt it as strongly as if I was there.
I’ve never been a runner. Although this will be my third marathon in 4 years, the second in the past 6 months, I never thought I’d be here. But seeing what happened last year ultimately catapulted me into action. Unlike those who do call themselves runners in order for me to partake in this momentous occasion, I needed to prepare a plan, apply, be selected and meet a fundraising goal for a charity I hold most dear: Dana Farber Cancer Research and Treatment Center. I’m so close to meeting that goal and hope you can help.
As I reflect on this quick training period and my fundraising efforts, I hope that you’ll find it a worthy cause to support my running of the marathon with a donation to Dana Farber. DFMC directs 100% of the funds it raises to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber, which fosters scientific breakthroughs by advancing the work of gifted researchers in a variety of basic research disciplines. These funds enable scientists at the leading edge of discovery to achieve better cure rates and to enhance patients’ quality of life.
I hope you will support my challenge by giving a gift to my run and, in doing so, help Dana-Farber reach the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer. I’m running not only to support those affected by cancer, but for all those who feel they could never achieve this due to age, weight, gender, health or a tragic end to their life or ability.
For those who have already given, I offer you my most sincere thanks. You can follow my marathon progress by signing up for text or email alerts here using my bib number 26475.
Again, thank you so much for your support, whether monetary or verbal. It is all equally appreciated.