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Joshua Ord

Joshua Ord
Swansea, IL United States
Stuff About Me:

It all began with a phone call. “Your Grandmother has cancer” my father announced through the phone.  It was a statement hundreds of thousands of families struggle to say in some form every year.  Like others in my situation, I struggled with understanding exactly what my father was telling me.  How is she doing?  What type of cancer is it?  When will she get better?  None of these questions were immediately answered besides how she was doing.  She was in good spirits.  My grandmother always seemed to be in good spirits.  It must have been a side effect having been married to a Methodist minister all her adult life. I don’t think she really knew how to feel down. 

Over the next few weeks my questions were answered.  Many people talk about the type of cancer where someone could eventually get better with chemotherapy and other various drugs.  One thing was extremely clear to me, this was not that kind.  Over the next few months, I watched as my grandmother slid into declining health and eventually only saw her living room from the hospital bed we had placed there.  The last thing I remember hearing from her was “I love you and good luck becoming an Air Force Pilot.  We’re so very proud of you!”  A hug and a kiss later my father and I were out the door heading back home.  It all began with a phone call and it all ended with a phone call.  No more than 40 miles down the road, we received the heartbreaking news, my beloved grandmother had passed. 

My story is a variation of so many stories out there.  It is a story of a loved one taken too soon, a story of helplessness, a story which needs to stop being told.  I am not very good at many things, but I am good at running, therefore I am running to stomp out cancer.  I am running because there are others who are no longer there to run.  I am running to raise money towards cancer research.

HOW CAN YOU HELP: Please help me and the rest of Team BIDMC achieve our fundraising goals for cancer research.  Your donation(s) will go towards research for a cancer vaccine.  For more information, please visit With your help and the 2016 Boston Marathon we can make a difference!



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