I grew up along the side of marathon courses. My father has run a hundred marathons, including twenty-five Bostons…but this year, it is my turn! On Monday, April 15th, 2019, I am lacing up my running shoes to participate in one of the most amazing sporting events—The Boston Marathon! I am running to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
We are all too connected with this terrible disease and while I will be running in honor of many friends and family, there are two incredible people I want to tell you about.
My dear friend and former colleague, Jack McCarron, lost his battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in February of 2016. This was Jack’s second time facing cancer. Jack won his fight with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in his 20s, receiving treatment at Dana-Farber in Boston. Unfortunately, Jack’s shin bone never recovered from the intense radiation and continued to break, resulting in his decision to remove his lower leg to improve his quality of life. Jack didn’t let that stop him. He lived a full, active, and passionate life—he was accomplished skier and taught disabled children to ski. Jack was a phenomenal middle school Language Arts teacher, sharing his passion for literature to a notoriously challenging age group. His sense of humor was contagious and we were all happier just being in his presence. Jack’s legacy lives on through his two sons, Wyatt and Nick, but also through his former students, friends, and family. It means a great deal to run in his memory and share his story.
My aunt Ellen has the best laugh you’ve ever heard and the warmest smile you’ve ever seen. Ellen was initially diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer in 2015 and reached remission, but the cancer returned in March of 2018. Ellen has undergone chemo, radiation, a lumpectomy, and a double mastectomy. Throughout her own health crisis, both her father-in-law and business partner of 20 years passed away. With all of this, Ellen continued to work and give selflessly to those around her. To say that Ellen is a fighter is an understatement. She is a warrior and a hero to many, especially her daughter Jordan. Running 26.2 miles is nothing compared to what Ellen and her family have faced throughout these past three years. I am incredibly honored to run on her behalf.
My personal goal is to raise $13,100 towards our team goal of $6 million! A full 100 percent of funds raised by DFMC will go to benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, widely recognized as one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind.
Please take a minute to visit my contribution page online or send a check directly to me at 67 Causeway Street, Medfield, MA 02052. All checks can be made out to DFMC.
I’m asking a lot, I know. But, as a mom and a career educator it is important to lead by example and help those who are in need of the basic health care services we all deserve.
With thanks and appreciation,