Hello! Thanks for taking the time to visit my page and supporting me and the TargetCancer Foundation. As many of you know, this past April my dad died after a year-long, well-fought battle with esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest-growing cancers in America; it is often fatal but still receives little funding for research. The TargetCancer Foundation has an admirable and ambitious mission to help develop lifesaving treatments for people with rare cancers such as esophageal cancer.
The last year and a half, since my father was initially diagnosed with, fiercely fought, and subsequently passed away from this horrible disease, have been some of the most challenging times in my and my family’s lives. However, as in all things dark, there were glimmers of brightness along the way, including the excellent doctors and nurses at MaineHealth, Maine Medical Center, and the incredible caring team at Hospice of Southern Maine. I also felt immense love and support from so many people, and I could not have handled this time of grief and loss without all of you.
Running is something I have really come to enjoy over the last several years. In some ways, especially now, it feels like a healing outlet for me (and I know many others). It is an honor to be returning to New England to run the Boston Marathon surrounded by friends and family and represent such a meaningful foundation.
It does not come easily to me to be vulnerable or ask for help or support. This seems to be a trait I got from my dad, unlike his rippling muscles and ability to make an amazing lobster eggs benedict. However, I feel reassured knowing that the cause I am running for could be pivotal in helping other families facing this terrible disease and giving them a true chance to fight. Every mile matters to me and my family, and I cannot thank you enough for your support.