Boston is my home. Since I began running, there was the dream of running the Boston Marathon. I have watched it, cheering for runners for more years than I can count. I have volunteered at the expo and ran the 5k the day before the marathon. It is a great day in the city. 2013 was the first year I was not in Boston for the marathon. I was in Seattle hoping that my family and friends were safe. I was also angry that someone would attack my city. And as a runner that they would attack this great event. My family and friends were all safe. Boston and the country rallied. The outpouring of support that I felt here was amazing.
On April 21, 2014 I will be at the starting line of the Boston Marathon. I’m honored to be running on the Dana Farber team. As a breast cancer survivor I want to help end cancer. I was very fortunate that my cancer was caught early. Although I received my treatments at the amazing Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the research that is done at Dana Farber helped to discover the drugs that were used to fight my cancer and other cancers.
I will be running the Boston Marathon in memory of my mother, Betty Wood, my father-in-law, Jack, and Charlie Breen. These are the people closest to me that lost their battle with cancer. I’m also running to celebrate me and the fact that with great medical care I was able to beat cancer’s butt.
If you would like to learn more about the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge Team, or make a donation to my run here is the link.