On April 20, 2015, I will be running the Boston Marathon as part of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Team to raise funds for the Cancer Center Fund.
I’m running in honor of my mom, who in March of 2014 went to her doctor with a lingering case of bronchitis, and was soon after sent to BIDMC, where she was diagnosed with lung cancer. As a healthy, fit, non-smoker, and the rock of our family, this came as an absolute shock to all. In true Linda Monaco fashion, my mom never wavered, and from the start was ready to fight whatever would come her way, all the while determined to be happy and positive.
During her treatment my mom was looking to contribute to the situation in a tangible way – so when she was diagnosed and people began to ask ‘how can I help?’ she thought of how all of these offers for help, could actually allow her do what she loved, which is to help others. When the offers to help came in, she would ask that instead of flowers, meals, or edible arrangements, etc, that people send a donation to BIDMC’s research center. While my mom was positive and upbeat during the entire journey, she was truly happy when she redirected help for her to help for many others at BIDMC.
I have no doubt that receiving treatment at BIDMC Cancer Center helped to save my mom’s life. Knowing that she was being treated at the world renowned BIDMC, and receiving innovative, leading-edge cancer care helped put my family at ease.
My mother has always inspired and supported me, which is what drove me to the decision to run 26.2 miles in Boston while fundraising for the Cancer Center. I know that it will be a challenge but I look forward to training for Boston on the hills of San Francisco and most of all I look forward to following in my mom's footsteps of giving back to BIDMC which gave us so much.
Any donation can help and will make many people happy!
The Cancer Center Fund
You can read more about the BIDMC Cancer Center here.