BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
KRISTEN IS WEARING BIB #33805
Welcome to my CUCK FANCER fundraising page and THANK YOU for taking the time to donate to my 2014 Boston Marathon run. Although this is my 2nd Boston Marathon, 2014 will be my first finish. I was stopped after mile 22 last year and those last 4.2 miles have been calling me ever since.
Last year when I wrote this, I was running in honor of my brother Andrew Pywell, who had been bravely fighting brain cancer since 2008. On April 10, 2013, 5 days before the marathon, my amazingly beautiful brother lost his battle. Standing at the starting line on the morning of 4/15, fear welled up inside me, I had no idea if I even had the strength to complete such a grueling course. I had injured my hip flexor 3 weeks before the marathon and had completed only a few training runs in the weeks leading up to the start. I was told by many the night before that Andrew would be my wings, wings that would lift me up when I needed them and take me to the finish line. Well it seems as though there was another plan for me for if I had not been injured, my previous training runs had me finishing around the time tragedy struck..Andrew wasn’t meant to be my wings that day, he was meant to jump on my back and slow me down. He saved me.
And now it’s my turn. I am running to raise money for peditric brain cancer research & services at Mass General Hospital. I am running in the hope that no other family will suffer the pain of losing a loved one to this terrible disease. I am running in memory of my brother Andrew. I am running in honor of his amazing family of fighters , Marit , David and Audrey. I am running in honor of our mother, who never left his side. I am running for all families who are fighting this disease and are feeling it’s devastating effects. I am running because I love my family and I hate cancer. I won’t lie to you - this is going to be excruciating. My legs are going to get tired, my shins will be in pain and my back is going to want to give up. But I won’t stop running , my baby brother will be my wings when my legs slow down and my spirit falters. And we will cross that finish line together.
“When all you’ve got to keep is strong, move along, move along, like I know you’ll do. And even when your hope is gone, move along, move along just to make it through.” Thank you and God bless you all.