I am proud to be running the Boston Marathon in honor of the incredible and inspiring Davey Hovey who bravely battled Glioblastoma brain cancer but lost his fight in 2017. Davey called his fight against cancer the Crus11Tour- as he was determined to crush cancer. I am running in April to keep that fight alive- this one's for you Davey. Forever and always keeping the faith! See below for more about Davey's story and our mission.
Our mission is to raise critical funds to support brain cancer research with a specific focus on Glioblastoma. This is a niche brain cancer where research funding and pharmaceutical support is limited. 100% of the money raised through CRUS11TOUR goes to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for brain cancer research, specifically being conducted by Davey’s doctor, Dr. David Reardon. The two funds, Current Use and Endowed, have been established in Davey’s memory and are named the “David Hovey CRUS11TOUR Fund.”
CRUS11TOUR is the name that David (Davey) Hovey gave to his battle against Stage IV Glioblastoma Multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer. CRUS11TOUR is derived from his determination to “crush” this horrible disease and incorporates his St. Lawrence lacrosse number, “11,” as well as his love of golf and the PGA Tour.
Davey grew up in Simsbury, CT and Chatham, MA in the summers. He graduated from Westminster School and then St. Lawrence University, where he captained the lacrosse team in 2013. Upon graduation from college, he moved to Boston and worked at Arnold Worldwide as a Marketing Manager on the Titleist account.
Davey was 25 years old when he was diagnosed in October 2015 and he fought bravely through 5 brain surgeries, over 20 seizures, and many rounds of treatments. Sadly, Davey passed away after a courageous 16-month battle. During this time, he partnered with Golf Fights Cancer, raising substantial funds through participation in their 100-hole Golf Marathon (June 2016) as well as initiating a 9 member Boston Marathon Team (April 2017).
He left behind a loving family and many close friends, all of who admired his grit & grace and have vowed to keep his CRUS11TOUR legacy alive. His strength and competitive spirit have motivated many to raise money for important brain cancer research. Davey taught us many valuable lessons during his battle with cancer: the importance of family and friends, giving back, and always to “keep the faith”!! CRUS11TOUR never ends and has raised $2.2 million since June 2016!!
Thanks for choosing to get involved and for helping us to make a difference in the fight against cancer.