I'll always be Daddy's little girl.....
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. I feel truly blessed that I have the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon, in 2020, in support of the BIDMC Cancer Center and in honor of my father, Gerard J. Marchese.
Unfortunately, cancer has played a large part in my life. Between my mother, my father and I, we have had six cancers. The three of us endured chemo, radiation, countless procedures and surgeries. For me, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2016. What followed was 3 months of intense chemo, a double mastectomy, radiation and ultimately reconstruction. Unfortunately, there were many complications and setbacks along the way, but through the love, strength and support of my 'village', I went on to complete the Chicago Marathon (my third marathon), in October of 2017.
Unfortunately, my brave father, who battled the blood cancer follicular lymphoma for many years, succumbed to the disease, on July 17, 2019, after it transformed to the aggressive type of diffuse large B-Cell lymphoma just a few months before that. At the young age of 77, he left behind a vibrant life, a wife of 53 years, two children and two grandchildren, Michael and Nicholas, who were the absolute loves of his life, and who he literally helped raise.
Gerard/Jerry/Daddy/Papa took control of his health rather late in life --- but it's never TOO late, and started running at the age of 70( !). He even completed a 5k on the day of his 50th Wedding Anniversary, in 2015.
And so, I am running this Boston Marathon to honor his life, my love for him, and the battles that my family have, and continue to go through, because of the ugly disease of cancer.
What is my connection to BIDMC? Quite a few things, actually! Both of my children were born here: Michael in 1999 and Nicholas in 2002. My extensive and complicated reconstruction surgery, as a result of my treatment for breast cancer, was done here by the very skillful and compassionate, Dr. Dhruv Singhal. And now, I am fortunate enough to work here as a member of the world-class pharmacy team.
As a former oncology pharmacist, oncology patient and caregiver of loved ones with cancer, I know the toll this disease takes on the patient, the caregiver, and all who surround them. So, I am putting in the many long, hard hours of training (I am not a natural-born runner), to complete this marathon, and raise these funds, to show cancer patients and caregivers that they are not alone, they are not forgotten and we will always support them --- and so I ask you to support me.
(And please double your support, by tapping in to your workplace charitable contribution matching program, if you have one).
Thank you, and God Bless.
BIDMC Cancer Center
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. And because we have always understood the physical and emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis, our specialists take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and develop unique support systems.