This will be my 3rd marathon for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation -- JDRF -- and, as always, I'm running for our son, Sam, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 12. But in 2020 I will also be running for Sam’s friend and roommate, Joe Kenney. Joe, who had t1d since he was 8 years old, died suddenly in October at the age of 24 due to complications from his diabetes. His death shocked and saddened everyone who knew and loved him — and brought into clear focus how fragile life is every day with type 1 diabetes.
Running for JDRF will help me raise money to finally find a cure for this insidious disease. I will also run to honor Joe Kenney for the amazing — but all too short — life he lived and the wonderful memories he left for his friends and family. Finally, every step of the 26.2 miles from Hopkinson to Boylston Street will be for Sam, who has fought t1d for a dozen years like a champion and inspires me every day.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.