This is my second time running the Boston Marathon for the MGH Pediatric Cancer Fund and it is an honor to be chosen to do this endeavor again! While I can run, I cannot do this without your support, which means everything in the world for the children who are fighting a battle against cancer. Your genorosity, kindness and care gives me the motivation and the strength to run for the MGH fund!
Why run for cancer? As a physician, I get to see so many diseases and conditions that are just as devastating. So why just cancer? And is there any virtue in running or is it perhaps for the quiet satisfaction of knowing that one ran the prestigious Boston Marathon?
Here's how I see it. Cancer is one of those devastating diseases where one's OWN body becomes the enemy. Just imagine, you are destroyed by your own cells, that have forgotten order, discipline, team work and destiny to multiply self destructively! How AWFUL can that be? This very body, home to our own being, becoming the instrument of its own demise? And worse than that, in a child who perhaps has not even gotten to see and experience what this beautiful machine, the human body can do!
And yet, in the daily battle against cancer, you see acts of courage, grace, faith and kindness that are so amazing that they touch and change your lives forever!
In some ways, it is the same story in a marathon. You start out with courage, confidence and a benediction for success but as the miles proceed, your body starts to break down. And the older I get, the faster it breaks! But there is still one power that I can always have. And that is to steel my will to persevere to see the finish line! And that resolve is nurtured by the courage of those who battle cancer. Their race was not one of their choice. I choose to make this mine, as a token of the trials and pain they endure
That said, my efforts over four to five hours is NOTHING compared to what these children battle as they battle cancer. Mine is but a small token battle in the back nine holes of my life and I choose to do this and am immensely honored to be able to participate to raise funds and help the little that I can.
This is why I run. I ran in college and it was the loss of the dearest of friends to pancreatic cancer in 2015 that brought me back to doing this again. It is not my glory that I complete the races that I do run. It is my priviledge to be carried by the courage and the stories of those who battle cancer. I hope you too will join me in this race with your generosity and a prayer for the children who are in a much longer race than most!
Love and regards,