On April 20, 2015, I will be running the Boston Marathon as part of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Team in honor of my parents. Multiple times a month, each of my parents travel from their home in Arlington to BIDMC to receive cancer treatment. My mother was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer, in 2010 and has since undergone various treatments, including a successful stem-cell transplant, which put her in remission. Her cancer returned last spring, so she has resumed her treatment. This past January, my father was diagnosed with lung cancer with metastases to his brain. He has received radiation and chemotherapy. The care that both my mother and my father have gotten at BIDMC has been exceptional. And when I use the word “care,” I am referring both to the medical care as well as the warmth, compassion, and support of all the doctors and nurses. It is a great honor to have the opportunity to run for a cause that has had such a significant role in my family’s life.
I always knew that I would run the Boston Marathon someday. The cause and timing, however, have never seemed right. Being presented with the opportunity to run for the BIDMC’s Cancer Center Fund has changed this, though. I cannot think of a better cause, given my parents’ experiences. Knowing that the care they have been getting at BIDMC has extended their lives, lifted their spirits, and given them hope—and knowing that BIDMC has done the same for countless other families—is enough motivation to get me through an arduous winter of training and a culminating 26.2 mile run.
I hope you will consider supporting my efforts and help me reach my $7500 fundraising goal in honor of my mother and father, who have both been incredibly brave in their fights with cancer.
You can read more about the BIDMC Cancer Center here.