While I am forever changed by the events that took place on April 15, 2013 and the days that followed, I will not let this define my experience. I crossed the finish line and, still on Boylston Street, I then saw the bombs explode 13 minutes later. Team Running for Cover was already a remarkable group of individuals who came together to take on the duel challenges of the marathon distance and fundraising for a cause they are passionate about. We are now forever bonded, pulling together as teammates – and now friends – supporting each other and never waivering in our dedication to the team’s mission. We raised over $220,000 for the Melanoma Foundation last year, and this year we are committing to the distance and the cause with even greater purpose.
I will be running my 9th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. As an added challenge and joy, I will be helping to coach this year's MFNE team! I bring to this role my special skills as someone who knows the course like the back of my hand as well as someone who has experience with almost every running injury that exists!
As a dermatologist, I hold the Melanoma Foundation of New England's mission close to my heart: to reduce the incidence of melanoma in the New England region through education, prevention and support. MFNE hosts a range of educational programs to spread awareness. I've been particularly involved with the Skinny on Skin program, which teaches beauty professionals to recognize potential melanomas on the head, neck and scalp of their clients. As part of this program I've traveled to various New England sites, talking with hair stylists about the dangers of melanoma and teaching them how to look at their client's skin for signs of skin cancer.
GIVE! Please offer your support to the MFNE, on this special year of the Boston Marathon.