I am so honored to announce that I am running the Boston Marathon in memory of Tatyana Abrams, who was a patient at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital. She passed away 2 years ago today, while the rest of us were complaining about digging out from 2+ feet of snow. Let that sink in for some perspective.
Tatyana’s family and I were matched through the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge In-Memory Program. I applied back in November, knowing many of my teammates were applying as well. When I found out I had been matched, I couldn’t email Tatyana’s mom fast enough to tell her how I honored I was and how I couldn’t wait to meet her family and learn more about Tatyana.
I emailed her mom today to check in and let her know I was looking forward to the In-Memory Dinner on February 9. I had no idea that today was the anniversary of Tatyana’s passing. Apparently, my email arrived in her inbox the moment she finished watching this video, which I am sharing with her permission. Talk about timing…
If you watched all the way to the end, did you notice the last thing she says? “You can do it. I believe in you.” I’m going to selfishly pretend that she’s talking to me every time I doubt my ability to run these 26.2 miles in April.
Special thanks to Casey for inspiring me to apply to the In-Memory Program. She was matched with Tatyana’s family last year and has reminded me just how lucky I am to be their runner this year.