I am honored to have been chosen to be a member of the Melanoma Foundation of New England running team. I am relatively new to running, but ever since lacing up my first pair of running shoes it quickly became a passion of mine. I only have one marathon under my belt, but I am super excited to make the 2015 Boston Marathon my second! I will be running with my baby sister who is a very strong runner and always helpful with training advice and encouragement. 26.2 miles feels just a little less daunting with her by my side! (or more likely a few miles ahead of me)
Why the Melanoma Foundation? My family lost my Dad to this devastating disease at the age of 71. It was a very short time from initial diagnosis and surgery to a follow up study establishing metastatic disease. It was only 2 short months after this that we lost my Dad. I want to support the work of the Foundation as it provides resources to patients and their families and provides educational programs aimed at prevention and early detection.
The statistics regarding melanoma are stunning; melanoma is the second most common cancer diagnosis ages 15-29 and the most common cancer in women ages 25-32. As a member of the medical profession, I feel the educational mission of MFNE is critical. Other than family history, unprotected sun exposure is the most important risk factor. In my work, I interact with many young athletes and this is a group it is especially important to make aware of this risk. Additionally, professional skin checks remain very important. I myself have had 2 non melanoma skin cancers diagnosed in areas I was not even concerned about. As with most malignancies, the early diagnosis of melanoma improves the chances of a successful outcome.
If you are interested in donating, here are some price points for you to consider although we will accept anything.
$26.20—One dollar a mile. It’s the least I can do for such a good cause.
$52.40—Two dollars a mile, because that’s a lot of miles and my knees are aching just thinking about it.
$100—I hate running, but I’ll support her doing it level.
$250—The Boston Strong! and melanoma stinks level
$500 (and above!)-- I suffered through all those years of med school or law school or school in general so I could support Kathleen in this moment level.
To all who are reading this, I thank you for your interest in supporting me for this worthy cause. A donation of any size will help reach our fundraising goal, so click that orange button!