family and friends,
I’m sure you’re asking yourself: is she running again?
The answer is yes, I’m running….and running late with
my annual letter! This Monday, April 19th, I will be running the
114th Boston Marathon as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge
team. My 13th year!
I did a tally recently. Over the past twelve years, I have:
• Gone through nearly 30 pairs of sneakers – thank you,
• Drank so much Gatorade (Riptide Rush, to be exact) that
I should have bought stock
• Participated in hundreds of road races and received enough
t-shirts that I could probably wear a different one every day for
six months and not repeat
• Ran 314 miles between Hopkinton and Boston (that’s
26.2 x 12) and walked it another 2-3 times for good measure through
the Jimmy Fund Walk
• Raised more than $90,000 for cancer research at Dana-Farber
I stand on the brink: this year, “lucky 13,” I hope
to reach 340 miles run and $100,000 raised for Dana-Farber. I hope
you will help me!
I am constantly reminded that we now live in an era where all of
us will know someone who has battled cancer. I have had the privilege
to hear directly from researchers at Dana-Farber about the advances
that have been made and how far we have come in treating cancer
I am also reminded how precious our own lives are. Just this winter,
both of Tom’s parents were diagnosed with various forms of
skin cancer. Thankfully, both have been treated successfully. However,
as I look in the mirror, I wonder: did I do enough to prevent skin
cancer for myself? I think: it’s likely not a matter of if,
but rather a matter of when.
And then I hope: someday, we will not only cure cancer.
We will prevent it. This is why I run.
And why, you ask, was this year’s letter so late? I was running
well this winter until I ran a half-marathon on Cape Cod and limped
away with a painful foot injury. Three doctors, two physical therapists
and one MRI later, I finally found a magician who believed in both
my body and my cause, enough to tell me that I would toe the line
once again. I’ll be there Monday, taped foot and all, ready
to break 340 marathon miles. But I need your help to reach $100K.
take a few minutes today to support my 13th marathon run. 100%
of your tax-deductible donation funds Barr Program researchers at
Dana-Farber, ensuring novel approaches in basic cancer research.
thanks and appreciation,
As I have every year, I will be wearing the names of your loved
ones, cancer victims and survivors, on my marathon-day singlet to
spur me forward. Be sure to email
me so I can include them.