If you didn’t receive my latest DFMC email update, you can read it here:
Dear Friends & Family,
Believe it or not, the 2019 Boston Marathon is now just three weeks away! As you know by now, I am running for 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 $5,400 toward my $10,925 goal. I am determined to get to $8,000 by April 14 – the day before the marathon – so that I can achieve Pacesetter status and wear the official patch on my race singlet. Speaking of race singlets, we received ours in the mail recently and here’s what they look like:
I’ll also be sporting bib # 25196. Stay tuned for a final pre-marathon email update, which will include how to track me on Marathon Monday.
Who Am I Running For?
As I told you in my last email, this year I am running for my Patient Partner Hannah, who turns 4 years old tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Hannah!
Last weekend, Hannah, her family and I got together to decorate our Patient Partner poster. This poster will be displayed at the Pasta Party the evening before the marathon, as a reminder to all whole attend that these tiny little humans are running their own marathon – fighting cancer.
Our poster is mostly princesses, plus some Paw Patrol and dinosaurs. I can’t for everyone to see it with Hannah’s giant photo in the center on April 14!
Please consider making a gift to support patients like Hannah.
After a full five weeks of non-impact activities, I am excited to report that I am back to running! It’s not fast or far, but it’s huge progress, and I know that I’ll be out there on Marathon Monday running my heart out for cancer research. This past weekend, I even ran 12 miles outside on the Boston Marathon course with my teammates and thousands of other charity runners. As my coach would say, “The hay is in the barn now” – meaning the hardest weeks of training are behind me and the next three weeks are all about keeping the blood flowing while staying healthy.
If you aren’t already following my updates on Instagram and my blog, check them out!
Famous in Longmeadow
If you haven’t already read the article from The Longmeadow News, my hometown newspaper – check it out here! They wrote an article about my dad and me, and how we each cover all 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon to support Dana-Farber, but in different ways and at different times of the year. I’m so grateful for this additional recognition!
To donate, please go to danafarber.jimmyfund.org/goto/KellyDFMC or send a check made payable to “Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge” to:
Together, let’s cross the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.
With love and gratitude,