BENEFITING: IMPACT Melanoma
ORGANIZER: IMPACT Melanoma
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
I am running the Boston Marathon again this year on Monday, April 21st. I was unable to finish the Boston Marathon in 2013 due to the horrific bombing at the finish line. I was stopped 0.25 miles from the finish line. I am returning to Boston in 2014 to finish the race. I will have an additional running partner this year, as I will be 28 weeks pregnant with a baby boy. My training has been going well and I realize it will be a much slower and tougher race this year. With my doctors approval, I am looking forward to finishing what I started in 2013! I decided to run for the Melanoma Foundation again this year. This organization works to reduce the incidence of melanoma and help those affected with this horrible disease.
As a melanoma survivor, I would like combine my two passions- running and spreading awareness in the fight against melanoma. I received my melanoma diagnosis in June 2008. I had been educated on Melanoma for years. However, I never dreamed I would become a victim of this silent killer. In the Spring of 2008, I noticed a "new" mole on my back. My husband, a physician, referred me to a dermatology colleague for evaluation. I remember clearly her words that day, "Angela, I doubt this mole is malignant, but I do want to biopsy just in case." I am so thankful she did. It was by the grace of God, my melanoma was caught early. Today, I am blessed to be alive and well.
As a result of my diagnosis, I examined my life goals and priorities. I made several life changes, one of which was running. I had always been an "occasional" runner. I enjoyed running but had never been committed enough to train and complete races. I set a goal to complete a marathon in the next few years. I found a running partner, Megan Gezen, and we started training for our first marathon in 2009. Since 2009, we have completed numerous half-marathons and seven marathons.
I am running for the Melanoma Foundation as a Melanoma Survivor. My body is scarred from the numerous biopsies over the last 4 years. However, I view them as a reminder of the gift that I have been given to LIVE another day. When I run, I am thankful to be ALIVE. I run in honor of those who were not as fortunate as myself. I will also run for my three children who inspire me everyday.
I would greatly appreciate your kind consideration by making a donation towards my goal. Since it's inception in 2006, Running for Cover has raised over $1 million to support MFNE.
Help me cross the finish line by donating to my fundraising efforts. Early detection saved my life, with your generosity we can save so many others! Together we can help reduce the incidence of Melanoma!!!!
Foundation of New England wrote -
While we are forever changed by the events that took place on April 15, 2013 and the days that followed, we will not let this define our experience. Before the tragedies on Marathon Monday, Team Running for Cover was already a remarkable group of individuals who came together to take on the challenge of the marathon and raise money for a cause they are passionate about. They are now forever bonded, pulling together as teammates – and now friends – they supported each other and never waivered in their dedication to the team’s mission.
The Melanoma Foundation of New England's mission is to reduce the incidents of melanoma in the New England region through education, prevention and support. MFNE hosts a range of educational programs to spread awareness. These programs include Your Skin Is In, a program teaching high school and college students the dangers of tanning, and The Skinny on Skin, which teaches beauty professionals to recognize potential melanomas on the head, neck and scalp of their clients.
Team Running for Cover is running the 2014 Boston Marathon to raise funds to support MFNE's mission. All funds raised will be used to fund and expand these educational programs throughout the New England Area.