On April 20, I will join hundreds of Dana-Farber runners taking to the streets to participate in the 124th Boston Marathon®. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team runs with an ever-growing number of warriors in mind. From Hopkinton to Boston, every step of the 26.2, we carry them in our thoughts.
As a Clinical Research Coordinator in Genitourinary Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, I have seen first hand the impact of Dana-Farber’s research. Each day we make strides towards finding new and more effective treatment options, while providing incredible care to patients and their families as they fight the battle of their lives. I am grateful to be a small part of the care of our GU patients and of the Dana-Farber mission for a world without cancer. I am running in memory and in honor of all of our past and present patients and families who have taught me countless lessons about strength, courage, and relentless love amidst life’s most difficult challenges - I will carry their names and stories with me throughout my training and on Marathon Monday.
I am running in honor of my friends and family affected by this universal fight. Namely, I am running in memory of my dad, Dr. Kevin Melnick, who passed away on January 11, 2019 after a two year fight with glioblastoma. His legacy is forever carried on in the countless lives he saved and the patients and families he selflessly cared for as a physician. Throughout my time at DFCI, I have had the opportunity to meet so many incredible patients and families. I am grateful to carry on my dad’s legacy each day as a part of the GU team. I often reflect on my dad’s words to me, “never short-change your patients.” While a simple motto, it brings together two parts of my life by harmonizing the diligent compassion my dad showed each and every one of his patients with the mission and spirit of our work at Dana-Farber. As a part of the DFCI family, I believe each patient and family that walks through our doors deserves the utmost respect, commitment, and devotion from their Dana-Farber care team. This sentiment is at the heart of my run for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge.
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 to serve an unmet need for new therapies and treatments to help patients live longer and better lives.
Thank you so much for your support! Together, we're headed toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.