I couldn't be more proud to run the Boston Marathon for the Family Reach team. As the family coodinator for Family Reach, I meet and work with families every day who are dealing with the expense of cancer. While I run for each and every family, I will run in honor of a courageous girl named Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a 16 year old girl who was diagnosed in January 2013 with a High Grade Glioblastoma, a serious brain tumor. A talented athlete, Elizabeth played lacrosse and hockey in highschool, destined for college scholarships, in the opinion of her coaches. At this time it is difficult for her to walk across the room and yet she undertakes the challenge of standing and walking with the spirit of an athlete. Her whole family- mom, dad, five sisters and one brother are all battling the disease with her every step of the way. Elizabeth's brother is also struggling with a recent cancer diagnosis, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Her dad is a small business owner and together with his wife, they are completely engaged in the care of their children. The expense of managing of cancer treatments is extremely draining on the family. Elizabeth and her family are on my mind every day of my training and will be with me every step of the way on Marathon Monday.
My run is to help Family Reach Foundation continue to help families like Elizabeth's every day. My family dealt with cancer many years ago when my sister lost her battle to a rare sarcoma a the age of 24 and my parents endured the expenses and the loss of their daughter with incredible dignity, inspiring my work with Family Reach. Pictured here is my mom, from whom I gather strength.
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