BENEFITING: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
ORGANIZER: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Running for a Reason
In 1983, when I was a senior in high school, I lost my Mom, Maureen, to breast cancer. My husband’s mother Sue, on the other hand, was an early survivor of breast cancer in 1974. She was able to fend it off for 30+ years until it returned and metastasized to her esophagus and lungs. Recently a friend was diagnosed and was thankfully able to call herself “cancer-free” after much less invasive surgery and far gentler chemotherapy. It is amazing to see how far the treatment of breast cancer has come in one generation.
Several years ago, I decided to do my part in finding a cure. I walked 60 miles in 3-days, but we still had to live with the possibility of developing breast cancer. So, I walked 39 miles in 2 days and, though diagnosis and treatment had improved, there was still so much to be learned. Maybe they didn’t find the cure because I was wasn’t moving fast enough. Maybe if I , research scientists would finally be able to put an end to the threat. I have joined TEAM BCRF in running the New York City Marathon to test this hypothesis.
When I was a kid, and I proudly told my mother I had done something she had simply expected me to do, my mom would sigh and ask jokingly, “Whaddya you want? A medal?” I have completed 28 marathons and at every finish line, when I am handed a medal, I hear her facetiously ask it again, “Whaddya you want? A Medal?” By raising money for BCRF, I am hoping that at the end of marathon, when I am handed my medal, I will hear her say, “Thank you, honey.”