My dear friends Rocky and Marianne lost their teenage daughter to melanoma 3 years ago. In her memory, they created The Claire Marie Foundation. The foundation is an official charity of the 2017 Baltimore Running Fest on October 21st; one of the premiere running events on the East Coast! We are over the moon at the thought of incorporating Claire’s love of fitness with our campaign to raise awareness, clarity and hope in fighting adolescent and young adult melanoma. Long after she was forced to give up lacrosse and field hockey due to the intensity of her melanoma treatments, Claire continued to run. Be it on her school’s cross country team or as part of her determination to stay fit while fighting the “beast” – she would lace up her shoes, grab her head phones and head out the door, running to clear her mind and fill her heart. It is an honor for me to run in her blessed memory. Your donation to support this worthy cause is greatly appreciated.