It's been almost three and a half years now since my beloved brother-in-law James was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After a successful surgery to remove the tumor, James has really committed himself to living life to the fullest and has inspired our entire family to focus on the things that truly matter. My sister and I rode in the Pan Mass Challenge in 2011 and 2012 to raise funds for pancreatic cancer treatment and research in honor of James and all of the amazing doctors, nurses and researchers who have devoted themselves to battling this frightening disease. But this year, I am returning to my first love (running, not my cute boyfriend circa 1980....) and to my home state to run the New York City Marathon. As disappointed as I am to know that I won't be able to eat multiple peanut butter and fluff sandwiches and chocolate chip muffins at the rest stops (come to think of it, I don't think there are actual "rest" stops), I suppose it's a fair trade to not have to wear shorts with 18 layers of padding in unfortunate places. And irrespective of the snacks and the attire, I still get to raise money for the cause that has now become so important to my family. Thanks so much for your continued support -- it means the world to us.
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