BENEFITING: TargetCancer Foundation
ORGANIZER: TargetCancer Foundation
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Without a doubt, 2016 has been one of the most amazing years of my life. I graduated college, got a job I love, and got engaged. With all of the amazing things to happen this year, one thing is missing.
My fiancé DJ lost his dad, Dave, in December 2011 from cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the liver bile duct. It affects only 1-2 in 100,000 people in the United States per year and has no cure. Dave’s cancer, like most cases of cholangiocarcinoma, was discovered in an advanced, inoperable state. He was 47 years old and was given 12 months to live.
I’m over the moon to have been chosen to run the Boston Marathon for TargetCancer Foundation. TCF raises awareness and funds research and clinical trials into rare and lesser known cancers, including cholangiocarcinoma.
I was not lucky enough to have met Dave, but I have felt his presence through hikes that Dave and his family used to do together, through old stories, family pictures, and good times and bad. I could go on and on. But the one thing I always wonder is what my relationship with Dave would be. Would he roll his eyes at me when I obsess over the Webster family dog? Laugh when his daughters and I gang up on DJ? I just wish he could see the amount of love I have for his family.
Thinking about how I won’t ever get to create life-long memories my future father-in-law, I felt like this marathon is the closest thing I will have. Every fundraiser we hold, every time I lace up my shoes to train, and running the 26.2 for TCF, I will be thinking of Dave. I can’t think of a better way to honor the Dave and the Webster family than to run the marathon, and raise this money for TargetCancer, so hopefully another bride to be will have the opportunity to meet their father-in-law.