If you told me when I took the picture on the left that four years later, I would be signing up for a marathon, I would have laughed and then honestly, probably thrown up. If you told me at any point BEFORE I took that picture, I also would have laughed (just not thrown up). But here I am...2019 and registered for the BOSTON MARATHON.
How did we get here? In 2015, I already wasn't in the world's greatest shape. I had dabbled in a few local 5Ks, but never really took running seriously. Then, I got a cancer diagnosis...which certainly didn't help things. After a successful surgery, the cancer would make its triumphant return that summer sending me off to chemo.
No way around it: chemo is awful. And the whole process wasn't without its complications. A pulmonary embolism (or two, maybe?) sidelined me even further. Things were rough. HOWEVER: I was incredibly fortunate to have Dana-Farber in my corner the whole time. From the doctors, to the nurses, to the entire staff, I was always treated with the utmost care and respect.
And here I am! I’ve been well enough to be running regularly every week here in Salem and completed my first half marathon in May. Even the half was…pretty hard, but hey, let’s get nuts. Dana-Farber has been there for me so I might as well be ambitious in giving back!
All funds—a full 100 percent—raised by DFMC 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. Based on a rigorous and highly selective process, the Barr Program funds the brightest, most creative scientists making basic research discoveries that are transforming cancer treatment. Barr Investigators have made numerous major breakthroughs resulting in improved survival rates and quality of life for thousands of patients everywhere.
Marathon training will be hard. Raising $10,000 will be hard. Let’s have some fun with it. Sign up for my newsletter here to follow me along.
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