Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues:
On April 15, 2019, I will be running 26.2 miles for Team BIDMC in the Boston Marathon. The team’s goal is to raise $675,000.
At the BIDMC Cancer Center, gifted physicians, outstanding nurses, and dedicated staff form a team that is committed to breakthrough treatments delivered with kindness and respect. Researchers have made several discoveries that have led to greater understanding of cancer mechanisms resulting in improved and innovative cancer care.
Because we have always understood the physical and emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis, specialists take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and develop unique support systems. As a new employee to BIDMC, I find it a privilege to encounter and work with many of the medical teams that continue to save and change lives on a daily basis.
Similar to my first Boston Marathon in 2017, I am running in honor of my dad, Dr. Renato Mendoza, the man commonly known as Lolo. I’m also running in honor of my Auntie Edith (cervical sarcoma, 2016), Ms. Diana Bates (breast, bone cancer, 2006), Mr. David Ly (Jan. 2019), our family dog Dede (lymphoma, 2016) and countless others that have battled through such distressing and physically taxing diagnoses. You all have your own stories, and I hope you'll share them throughout your social media networks and then encourage folks to make a gift here.
As the three-year anniversary of my father’s death passed in October, I knew it was time to run this race again for all the loved ones we miss. Those long training runs on heartbreak hill and hurt feet pale in comparison to many of the stories we hear regularly from cancer fighters.
Please consider supporting and sharing my run with Team BIDMC.