BENEFITING: Brigham and Women's Hospital
ORGANIZER: Brigham and Women's Hospital
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
After 25 years of cheering for Boston Marathon Runners alongside my family and friends, it’s finally my turn to join them. Over the first four months of 2015, I will be training for my first ever Boston Marathon. I’m honored to have the chance to run with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) team, and to help fundraise for the transformational work they do across all disciplines and specialties at their hospital. They have one goal - make life-giving breakthroughs happen, and I’m looking forward to helping them reach this goal.
Everyone has different connections to the Boston Marathon: friends who have run it before, stories of hard work and incredible levels of personal accomplishment, the knowledge of how much good can be done with the money raised, and memories of Marathon Mondays past.
I’m running for BWH because I’ve lost loved ones to cancer and have others who are bravely fighting that battle today. Brigham and Women’s Hospital is taking a front seat and helping people in their battles against cancer and beyond.
The Boston Marathon was one of my Nana, Mary East’s, favorite sporting events each year, and every year she was with her family and friends in Wellesley rooting for the runners. Some of my best memories of the Boston Marathon involve her with that cowbell ringing for hours. She passed away after a battle with colon cancer. The toughest part of this marathon for me may not be running 26.2 miles, but running by her spot in Wellesley, across from the police station, knowing she isn’t there cheering me on, but I know she will be with me the whole way.
Two of the people I am closest to in my life are also currently fighting a battle against cancer. One is my mentor and role model who was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer recently. He is the most influential person in my life when it comes to my professional career and personal development, and while I may not be able to give him in return all that he has given me, I hope to inspire him and others by raising awareness for early lung cancer screenings, a successful fundraiser, strong training season, and a great Marathon run.
Your support means so much to me and the families that BWH will touch! Every little bit helps, and no amount is too small. You all will be in my thoughts while I train and most certainly on April 20th as I make my way to Boylston Street to the finish line. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this!
See you along the way on April 20th, 2015!