Thanks so much for visitng my crowdrise page. I am running the 2015 Boston Marathon to raise money for Team Mass Eye and Ear. All of the money I raise will be going towards Head and Neck cancer research.
I was in Boston for the 2013 bombings and decided after that I wanted to run in the marathon once before I graduated from residency (didn't mean to pick the snowiest winter in Boston history). I had no idea what the marathon meant to the city before moving here but it is a truly amazing event. Getting to train for and run in the marathon for Team Eye and Ear while raising money for Head and Neck Cancer research which means a lot to me has been a really great experience.
Ive spent the last three years in Boston taking care of patients with this disease and while it might sound somewhat cliche I dont think I will ever get over how touched I am by the stories of how gracefully these patients and their families deal with their diagnosis and the bravery it must take to put their trust in the surgeons, oncologists, nurses and the entire health care system that cares for them. While other diseases like breast and lung cancer might get more mainstream attention, head and neck cancer is no less devastating of a disease. My favorite times in clinic are when I get to talk with patients in follow up who are past their treatment, doing well and cured of their cancer. Hopefully this little bit of money will help make that a more frequent occurence in the future.
Thank you so much for anything you are able to donate, whether its one dollar or a thousand, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it.
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