BENEFITING: NATICK ROTARY CHARITABLE CORPORATION
ORGANIZER: NATICK ROTARY CHARITABLE CORPORATION
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
You are such a nice person to click over to my page. Thank you!
I am honored to be running on behalf of Embrace a Family, an amazing organization that helps Natick families who are dealing with cancer. I have long dreamed of being an official runner of the Boston Marathon, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity because of the great work of Embrace a Family.
The emotional and financial strain of a cancer diagnosis can be devastating, and providing support to those coping with this disease is Embrace a Family’s mission. Embrace a Family helps people in important ways, taking care of details for cancer patients so that they may focus on their healing. They provide rides to hospitals, meals for families, financial assistance, and access and aid in seeking out other services.
All of us are close to someone who has been afflicted by cancer, and we all are aware of the physical pain, emotional toll, and financial blow that can occur as a result. I cannot pretend to know how it feels to receive a devastating diagnosis. I think often of the late Pamela Washek and Jean Seiden, the Room Parents in my class when I was teaching fifth grade at Loker in 2002. Their daughters Kathryn and Stephanie were bubbly and smart and earnest eleven year olds. Jean and Pamela, good friends, were both in remission from cancer and both energetic and involved, Jean playing the piano for the fifth grade play, Pam always showing up at our classroom door, asking what did we need. Strong and fit, they rode the Pan Mass Challenge multiple times and raised a ton of money for cancer research.
To give back to those who had helped them while they were sick, they started the Wayland Angel Network, an organization that gave meals and provided rides to people in cancer treatment in Wayland. The Angel Network eventually grew into the Neighbor Brigade, which is a huge organization in our area which serves hundreds of families who need this care.
Tragically, their cancers returned, and Jean died in 2006, and Pam in 2012.
But it is amazing what they started, and all of those people they helped and continue to help through their amazing work. I am glad I can make this contribution, and if you are still reading this, I really appreciate your time. You must be a very nice person, and I hope you will be able to help me reach my goal. Thank you so much for considering a contribution.