BENEFITING: JOE ANDRUZZI FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: JOE ANDRUZZI FOUNDATION
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
Because of Cancer, my kids never got to meet my mom.
2014 will mark the 20 year anniversary that my mom, a nurse, lost her courageous battle against this horrific disease that impacts all of us.
I’m honored to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation Team. The JAF is committed to providing help, hope, and a reason to smile for cancer patients and their families by contributing financial and emotional support when it is needed most.
Throughout her multi-year battle, my mom maintained an “UpBeat” attitude, her sense of humor and a positive spirit that to this day still inspires me. In fact, I still specifically remember her saying to me one very sad day when I was visiting her after school “you have much more to do in this life than to worry about my cancer”. Of course, she was my mom, understood me better than anyone and knew exactly what I needed to hear to get me back on track again. I vividly remember the immense pain she suffered through with all of the treatments causing her to vomit, lose her hair and to form blisters in her throat and mouth. The physical and emotional sacrifices left a mark on our family that will never be forgotten. However, in a battle that could not be won, she never stopped fighting and she never stopped loving.
On the 20 year anniversary of Mom, Pat, “Patty”, I will run the 2014 Boston Marathon in memory of this incredibly special person and all of my friends and family that are fighting against this terrible disease every day.
Boston Strong Against Cancer!