Like so many others from Massachusetts, Marathon Monday has always been a special day filled with friends and family. Growing up, my father and grandfather made it a tradition to take me into the city to see the Red Sox play and to watch the runners finish.
Since I can remember I have always dreamed of finishing the marathon one day. In 2008 I was able to fulfill this dream and was greeted by friends and family at the finish line. At that point I did not know if I would compete in another marathon again and have not since.
The events of last year touched me deeply. I felt compelled to run again, to show those who thought they could ruin such a wonderful day, that they did just the opposite. They united a community and they inspired more runners to run.
Friends of mine have been actively involved with the Joe Andruzzi Foundation over the years. Because of this I have had the opportunity to see first hand how much good Team Andruzzi has done for those affected by cancer. In 1995 my grandfather passed away after a long battle with lung cancer. He was a role model in my life and one I share many memories of the Boston Marathon with.
I am excited to run 2014 Boston Marathon as a member of Team Andruzzi in honor of my grandfather and for everyone affected by cancer.
Help me support the Joe Andruzzi Foundation by donating, any support is greatly appreciated!
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