Run for Carlie
This is our story:
On July 27, 2017, two weeks before her 23rd birthday, our beloved daughter and sister was diagnosed with leukemia. Carlie's world stopped and we jumped into action. We needed to do something! But as anyone who has had an illness in their own family knows, you're helpless. We got her to Brigham and Women's so the Dana-Farber team could treat her. We rallied around her, made her bed with soft blankets and pillows, brought in the comforts of home, decorated her walls and showered her with gifts, love and positive energy. But she still had cancer, which came with the chemotherapy, the fevers, the pain and the infections. She was poked and prodded and, unfortunately, lost her beautiful red hair. Our hearts have been heavy since that day and sometimes we wonder if we will ever feel light again.
Carlie works for Brigham's development office and part of her role requires her to be at the marathon and assist the BWH Stepping Strong team. Carlies stepdad ran in 2013 but was unable to finish the race, as he was only a few blocks away when we heard the bombs go off. Carlie was on the route with her friends and I was on Hereford with a sign waiting to see my husband turn the corner.
Fast forward to today: Brya was the first to say, "I want to run the Boston Marathon for Carlie." Lawrance said, "Of course I'm running." I pondered... It has now been two months and two treatments with three more to go. If my gorgeous, strong daughter can handle the fear, pain, sweat and struggle of leukemia treatment I sure as hell can run the Boston Marathon for HER!
Brya, Lawrance and myself (Kristin) ask that you please make a donation to the Stepping Strong Team at BWH. Their foundation was started by a family for their daughter. They want to ensure trauma patients get the very best care immediately when minutes matter. BWH has provided Carlie with a place to heal and a "work family" that loves her and continues to provide support during one of the toughest times of her life.
With love, gratitude & kindness
The Run for Carlie Team
Brya Capell, Kristin & Lawrance O'Connor
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