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April 14, 2017
BENEFITING: IMPACT Melanoma
ORGANIZER: IMPACT Melanoma
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Running has always been a huge part of my life as an athlete, but also for the sense of freedom and strength running has given me during difficult times in my life. Shortly after my daughter was born in 2007, I was diagnosed with a nodular melanoma. Due to the location of of the tumor on my left foot, there was some uncertainty as to whether I would be able to run following surgery, treatment, and reconstruction of my foot. Fortunately, I was back to running within about 6 months and have been cancer free ever since. I am grateful to now be able to share my love of running with my daughter, who is now 9, as we have now run several 5K races as a family.
The Melanoma Foundation of New England's mission is to reduce the incidents of melanoma 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 importance of protecting their skin and dangers of tanning; The Skinny On Skin, educating beauty professionals to recognize potential melanomas on the head, neck and scalp of their clients; and Practice Safe Skin Sunscreen providing free sunscreen to communities for their beaches, parks, sports fields and more. MFNE also offers support for patients and their caregivers through support groups and its one-on-one Billy's Buddies program. All programs are free!
Team Running for Cover is running the 2017 Boston Marathon to raise awareness about the importance of protecting your skin and funds to support MFNE's mission. I am thrilled to be running the Boston Marathon (and my first ever marathon) in 2017 with the Melanoma Foundation's team Running for Cover.