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Conquer cancer with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge!
Conquer cancer with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge!

2 YEARS IN THE MAKING!

In 2020, I was well on my way to running my first ever marathon in Boston for Dana Farber.  So what happened?  5 weeks before race day, COVID-19 shut down basically everything.  Life as we all knew changed on a dime....much like a cancer diagnosis.

In 2015, my daughter Teaghan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).  She had just turned 2 years old.  We spent 35 days as inpatient at Boston Children's Hospital and then moved to outpatient care at the Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber.  She underwent two years of outpatient treatment filled with lumbar punctures, blood draws, steroids, lots and lots of chemotherapy, amongst many other medical procedures and medications.  

While we were inpatient, Teaghan spent a lot of her time blowing bubbles out in the small garden area on our floor, or maniacally walking the halls.  Toddlers and steroids aren't a great combination.  Trust me.  We also endured a bacterial infection from her PICC line.  The doctors presented us with options on how to treat the infection, but couldn't say which option was the best.  We had to advocate for Teaghan and make decisions without being experts. It was so hard.  In the moment, I had no idea how serious the infection was, and when I look back I'm glad I didn't.  I mean my child had cancer, I couldn't fathom there were other serious things to worry about.  There were a lot of hard days in that room on the 6th floor.  But, it was also on the 6th floor that we learned Teaghan was in remission, and we could go home and start outpatient treatment.

Outpatient had its own struggles.  The first night at home, Teaghan spit out her oral chemotherapy all over my husband and I.  We hadn't even taken her out of her carseat yet, and we were calling the after hours line.  Most nights over her two year treatment plan, we had to wake her to give her this same oral chemotherapy.  Teaghan was also part of the unlucky 20% of children who have an allergic reaction to one of the critical chemotherapy drugs.  She had an anaphylactic reaction which was terrifying, and we learned the substitute for this drug, was another chemotherapy administered through a shot in her thigh twice a week for 30 weeks.  These shots were painful, and they made her sick.   There were numerous times she was sedated for procedures and lumbar punctures, which meant she had to be NPO (no food/drinks) until procedure time.  Again, telling a steroidal toddler they can't eat when their body is telling them they are starving is not a fun time.  But we made it through.  One day at a time, and some days, one minute at a time.  These are just snippets of our journey.

Today, Teaghan is a healthy, happy, thriving 8 year old.  She's practically as tall as me, loves playing sports (and is a really great athlete - Mom brag), enjoys school, is an avid reader, a loving big sister, and loves being with her family and friends.  While Teaghan pretends to be shy, she is often the center of attention making people laugh with her crazy antics.  It's because of Dana Farber, I get to watch this beautiful human grow up, and for that I will be forever grateful.  

I run for Teaghan.  I run for the families we met along our journey.  I run for my family and friends whose lives have been touched by this horrible disease.  I run because I want to do my part in conquering cancer.

To all who donated to my marathon efforts in 2020, I cannot thank you enough.  While I didn't get to run, together, we were able to raise an amazing amount of funds for critical cancer research. I hope you will consider donating to my fundraising efforts again.

In 2022, hundreds of Dana-Farber runners will take to the streets to participate in the 126th Boston Marathon®. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team runs and raises funds with thousands of special people in mind. From Hopkinton to Boston, we carry thoughts of those people every step of the way. 

One hundred percent of every dollar raised by the DFMC team supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. These funds are fueling some of today's most promising basic cancer research.
 
Thank you for your support! Together, we're headed toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.

PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$18,448
Goal:$18,000
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THANK YOU TO MY DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Fundraising Honor Roll
Ali and Ben Bresnahan
Amenta family
$100
Ana Costa
$50
Angela Dell'Anno
$50
Angela DellAnno
$50
Anna Leitao
$50
Anonymous
$386
Anonymous
$250
Anonymous
$100
Anonymous
Anonymous
$100
Anonymous
$100
Anonymous
$84
Anonymous
$50
Anonymous
$30
Anonymous
Anthony and Joyce McGuane
$150
Bank of America for Sharon Strange
$100
Bose Corporation for Elizabeth Dylewicz
Bose for Kristy Hudson
Brittany Knauth
Caryn Bennett
$25
Chris Powers
$100
Cindy LeBlanc
$50
Corey Penn
$75
Cusicks
$50
Dan & Natalie De Sousa
$100
Danaher for anonymous in memory of Manuel Costa
Danielle Lembo
$100
Dave and Maura Bres
Deborah Grohslicht
$100
Dede and Mana
$100
Depina Family
$50
Devine Family
$200
Dolan Family and Friends of HFO
$500
Donated by Ruth & David Titelbaum
$18
Edward Ludwigson
$100
Egan family
$100
Eileen Madigan
Emmanuel j Costa
$50
Erin McDermott
$20
Family of Beatrice and Clarence Briggs
$250
Filz Family
$25
Fran Libasci
Gail Harrison
Georgiana Bresnahan
$50
Glidden Family
Gracie Baruzzi
Hillside Condominium Trustees
$100
Ilyse Cody
$100
In memory of Mr. Costa...Dona de Grisanty and Paula Thorner
$50
Jack Donnellan
$25
Jaclyn Braga
$50
Jane S Steinberg
$100
Janet and Guy Cefalo
Jen & Bobby Orlando
Jen New
Joe Lavigne
John and Tessa Callahan
$100
John Costa
$50
Judith Santo
$25
Judy Gallauresi
$100
Julie Sullivan Sallet
$50
K Chamberlin
$100
Kenia Pineda
$100
Kerry Mcguane
$100
Kevin and Dana Bresnahan
$100
Kirby Lecy
$250
Krista Matyi
$250
LaSante Family
Laura & Nataniel Andrade and Maria Lobo
$100
Lauren Gardner
$50
Lisa & Guilherme Andrade
$100
Lisa and Marcus Moore
Lisa Hines
$100
Love Nana
$50
Maddy LeBlanc
$25
Mandy Bresnahan
$100
Mariah Mitchell and family
Marina and Zach Given
$50
Marina Z.
Matt and Lauren Callahan
$100
Mr. Donald Kelley
$50
Mr. Sean Trainor
Mr. Steve Monterio
$60
Mr. Steven Cunniff
$100
Mrs. Beth Froberg
$150
Mrs. Erika Pena
$50
Mrs. Laura French
$100
Mrs. Lindsay Delaney
Mrs. Louise Bresnahan
$500
Mrs. Mandy Bresnahan
$2,000
Mrs. Marissa Carvelli
Mrs. Savoie
$50
Ms. Caryn Provencher
Ms. Coreen Edward
$20
Ms. Sally Teixeira
$50
Ms. Sharon Strange
$100
Nancy Giuffre
$50
Nellie Costa
$50
Nova
$100
Patricia Casavecchia
$50
Paula and Steve Janes
$200
Ragan Family
Rita Vaiskunaite
$25
Robert and Val Peselman
$50
Robin Grossman
$100
Ron Trapasso
Sally Sloan
$100
Sam Lebicz
$50
Sandra Grohslicht
Sandra Santoro
$50
Sarah Bettencourt
$50
Sharon S
$100
Sohn Family
$50
Stephen Moffatt
$100
Suedmeyer & Tada
Superbowl Squares
$1,900
Tammy Justice
$50
Tanya Schwab
$25
The Alves family
$250
The Badurinas
$50
The Brennan Family
$100
The Dolans
The Dylewicz Family
The Ewing Kids
The Gallagher's
$50
The Goodhue Family
$100
The Hinchion Family
$100
The Hornberger Family
$250
The Hudson Framily
$100
The Melanson Family
$50
The Nolan Family
$50
The Ryan Family
$100
The Sherman's
$50
The Thibault's
$100
The Wolfsohn Family
$100
Thomas Ritchie
$50
Thuy Truong
$25
Wayne & Debi McMillian
$750
Yves (Vivi) and Ann DaCosta
$100
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