I am honored to be chosen for the 2019 South Shore Health System Boston Marathon team. As a Weymouth Town Councilor, I have been working with town officials, community groups and state agencies to study the health impacts of the Fore River area to include Weymouth, Quincy, Braintree and Hingham. Part of our studies have included talking to residents who have been personally affected by cancer either with their own diagnosis or that of a loved one. To say that I’m truly touched by hearing and reading people’s personal stories of battling different types of cancer is an understatement.
Additionally, I have heard such positive testimonials from people in our town about the wonderful care that is provided from nurses, doctors and support staff at South Shore Hospital and the Women’s Cancer Center. It’s very comforting to know that world-class, quality care is available to us right here on the South Shore when we need it most.
I am raising money to support the clinical trials taking place Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at South Shore Hospital so that every family can have a positive experience at our local hospital in Weymouth, MA. Additionally, funds raised go to help cancer education and support groups which are vital to patients, family and caregivers during this very trying time.
It’s difficult to sit back and see friends, family and neighbors go through a cancer diagnosis with little direct action you can take. I’m hoping that by raising funds and spreading awareness of the quality of care offered by SSHS by running the 2019 Boston Marathon is a very small way to help those around us who have and are currently struggling with a cancer diagnosis.
I have run three marathons in the past but have never ran a race for a charitable cause. With your help, I am certain this will be the most meaningful race I have ever embarked on. Thank you for reading my story and for any contribution you can lend!