BENEFITING: Joslin Diabetes Center
ORGANIZER: Joslin Diabetes Center
On April 18, 2016, I ran 26.2 miles from my hometown of Hopkinton to Boston. Being a part of the 120th Boston Marathon was truly an honor and it will forever go down as one of the best days of my life. I always thought I would be a "one and done" marathoner, but as the months have passed since that Patriot's Day, my heart has told me otherwise.
This November, I will be running my second marathon! While I thought my running days were behind me, there is still much work to be done in the world of Diabetes research. I could not imagine training and running another mile without keeping both my mother and Maria Drury in my mind. During Boston, I wrote the initials on my back "MDM" and "MGD" in honor of my two inspirations:
"MDM" - Moira Donaldson Motyka, my mom, was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes as an adult at age 31. Over the years, I have experienced her hurt and pain as she pricks and pokes her body with sharp needs, her anxiety as she worries about what’s to come next in her fight against the disease, and her constant struggle to regulate her blood sugar when she exercises. In many ways, T1D has limited my mother’s life in ways that I wish I could change, but I do understand how complicated and hard her life is because of this chronic disease. The Joslin is a haven, a place where she feels safe and cared for, and a place I am honored to be raising money for.
"MGD" - Maria Grace Drury was a loving and kind little girl who passed from our world at too early an age due to complications associated with Type One Diabetes. Maria provided a light to all of those who met her in her short time here on earth including my best friend, Carly Daniel. Carly was my first friend at Boston College and she continues to provide laughter and positivity to my life. She is a life-long friend. It saddens me that she lost her life-long friend, Maria, in her childhood. Maria's memory and light pushed me through my hardest training days of Boston and will continue to push me as I train for NYC.
It is a true honor to run for the Joslin Diabetes Center again and I look forward to every mile of training and the 26.2 on race day. I am continually humbled by the amount of support I have received in running in the past and look forward to raising awareness and money for Joslin in the future!
Thank you for all of your love, kindness, and support!
Joslin Diabetes Center wrote -
Founded in 1898, Joslin Diabetes Center is world-renowned for its deep expertise in diabetes treatment and research. Joslin is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives. We develop and disseminate innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries throughout the world. Joslin is an independent, non-profit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and a federally-funded Diabetes Research Center.
All of the money raised by the Team Joslin program supports the High Hopes Fund here at Joslin Diabetes Center. This fund is unrestricted and supports the Center's greatest needs. These funds ultimately contribute to Joslin’s capacity to prevent, treat and cure diabetes through cutting-edge research, comprehensive patient care and pioneering education programs.