I am running the 2018 Boston Marathon to support the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center cancer center. Over the past several years, I have witnessed so many dear to me battle cancer. Too many loved ones, both family and friends have lost their lives to this disease. The disease has no age or care as it impacts children and those across the age span. My family and I have been blessed that both of my parents are cancer survivors. Survival would not be possible without the research and continued discoveries that are ongoing and conducted right here at BIDMC. Cancer takes an emotional and physical toll on both the patient and their families. Having been directly involved in my mother’s care, I understand the complexities of the cancer diagnosis, treatment decision making, and the overall process. It is complicated, nerve-racking and at times confusing for both the patients and caregivers. Given that, I also run to support this cancer center that places their focus on listening, supporting and offering a supportive treatment environment by putting the Human First. I run for new discoveries and treatments, and I run for a cure! I am dedicating this run in honor of my parents, Sally and Larry Maziarz, and in dear memory of my two aunts and uncle-in-law, who suffered and lost their battles to this disease.
In addition to running for the BIDMC cancer center, I have a personal attachment and drive to complete the Boston Marathon. The marathon has been a long time dream of mine to run. Since moving to Boston for graduate school way back when, I have attended the marathon annually with family and friends to cheer on the amazing athletes and those running to support causes close to their hearts. I have always wanted to be part of this day, a day that represents what this great city of Boston and surrounding communities is all about; passion, determination and charity, just to name a few of its fine characteristics. After witnessing the events in Copley on 4/15/13, this dream became even stronger. I started running in June, 2015 and quickly fell in love with the sport. This April, my dream of completing the Boston Marathon will come true. I am proud, humbled and forever grateful for having been selected to run for team BIDMC.