If asked to suggest a title describing the last 2 years, I would call them "The Cancer Wars."
It seems as soon as I crossed the Boston Marathon finish line in 2017 almost everyone I hold most dear began sending texts "biopsy positive", "I'm too sick to talk right now", "I start my next round next week." Sure it was unnerving for me, but that was the easy part. They were doing all the heavy lifting. All I had to do was listen, care, then worry and pray for divine intervention.
Now, in 2019, many have survived, some have not, and a few continue to run their own race against cancer. The blessing in all of this is that so many of those same people have expressed their gratitude and appreciation for care received at the Beth Israel Cancer Center.
So I will do what I have always done. I will do what I can! In the past, I have biked for the PAN MASS Challenge, cycled through hurricanes for the Boston to New York AIDS rides (4 total), and ran for the Animal Rescue League of Boston in the Boston Marathon in 2017. Today, I am honored to announce that two weeks ago I was the first person selected to run for TEAM BIDMC. I wanted to do something to thank them for the care they have provided to my family and friends.
Two weeks ago, the day I learned I would spend this winter training once more for Boston, was the same day I lost my sister Melissa. So this one is for you Melissa. I love you and miss you. I am honored to be a part of TEAM BIDMC!