I started running marathons in 2017. I have completed four marathons: Marathon de Toulouse (2017); Berlin (2018); Paris (2019); and NYC (2019). I will be running the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in October 2020 in honor of Maddie Kramer and to raise money for the Dancing While Cancering Foundation.
Maddie is the daughter of my law school classmate Scott Kramer and his wife Pam. Shortly before her third birthday, Maddie was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer. Maddie did not stop living because of her diagnosis. Throughout her treatment, she never stopped playing, singing, and dancing.
Unfortunately, Maddie lost her battle with cancer. To honor her memory, her parents started Dancing While Cancering—The Maddie Kramer Foundation in order to spread Maddie’s positive energy to other childhood cancer heroes through distributing Smile Packs and other projects to bring fun, enriching opportunities and to bring joy to pediatric oncology units.
While I did not know Maddie personally, Scott’s and Pam’s tireless efforts to share her legacy are an inspiration to us all.