My December Fundraising Email

If you didn’t get my email yesterday, here’s an online version.

Dear Friends & Family,

Happy Holidays! There are now just over 4 months until I run the 2019 Boston Marathon with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, which raises critical funds to benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. So far, I have raised more than $1,400 toward my $10,925 goal. To those of you who have already donated, thank you so much!

As we celebrate the holiday season, I find myself thinking of the families who have one fewer reason to celebrate this year, and the people who will be spending what should be a joyous time undergoing cancer treatment and its potentially devastating complications. But just as the holiday season brings hope, so does the Barr Program.

How Does Your Donation Help?

Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program selects the brightest scientists and funds their most innovative ideas to propel basic research discoveries that transform cancer treatment. Program investigators have made tremendous advances and spearheaded breakthroughs that are improving care, quality of life, and survival for patients everywhere. For example, the Barr Program provided funding to Dr. Matthew Meyerson, who discovered mutations in the EGFR protein in certain lung cancer tumors. This critical finding helped lead to the development of an array of drugs that target EGFR, changing the landscape of lung cancer care. Today, these drugs are being used successfully across the world to help people with cancers that were previously untreatable.

Make a gift to support this innovative work.

Training Update

On Sunday, the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team had our first group run. Around 150 of us (of 500+ total team members) got together to run anywhere from 4 to 10 miles, starting at Mile 15 of the Boston Marathon course. I ran 6 miles of hills, making it my longest run in 7 months! The runs will only get longer from now until April, but that’s my favorite part of training – seeing how quickly my body adapts to the higher mileage and watching how strong I become.

The rest of December will include a lot of cold, lonely runs as our group runs don’t pick back up again until after New Year’s. But it is on those quiet, dark runs with nothing but my thoughts to keep me company that I try to picture a world without cancer while also reminding myself that my running struggle is nothing compared to what cancer patients face on a daily basis.

If you aren’t already following my updates on Instagram and my blog, check them out!

Purchase a T-shirt to Support my Fundraising Efforts!


Gildan long-sleeved, royal blue, 100% preshrunk cotton t-shirts. $30 each. Available in men’s sizes S-XL.

Front reads: boston 2019 | running for a cure

Back reads: 26.2 | dana-farber marathon challenge

$19 of every shirt purchased will go directly toward my fundraising for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. Cash, check or Venmo (@kelly-packard) accepted for payment. Local pickup/delivery free, shipping is $5 per shirt.

To donate separately from ordering a t-shirt, please go to or send a check made payable to “Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge” to: [address redacted]

Together, let’s cross the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer. I hope you all enjoy a festive and healthy holiday season!

With love and gratitude,



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