Why I Run!
Three years ago, this fall, my cousin, Elizabeth Stillings Brooks (Beth), passed away from cancer. The years leading up to Beth’s passing were not easy. Beth’s cancer had metastasized, and our family quickly learned that while we could prolong Beth’s life, ultimately Beth’s time with us was limited. While losing Beth was a tremendous loss for my family, the one thing that we were always assured of was that Beth was receiving the best possible care. That care came from Mass General Hospital. While Beth’s stays at MGH became longer and more frequent, our family was constantly provided encouragement from Beth’s treatment team that they would do everything available to them and exhaust every possible option while keeping Beth’s wishes at the forefront of her treatment. Having this support and commitment to Beth’s treatment plan was a blessing to our family. Every extra day we had with Beth was due to the incredible team and care provided at MGH. While the loss of Beth still ways heavy on our family, and each day and event we are reminded that she is there in spirit, we are also reminded of the positive impact she had on our lives.
For me, my cousin defined courage. She never wavered from her positive attitude and uplifiting spirit. While Beth is no longer with us, my family continues to seek ways in which we can remember her beautiful life. Fast forward to present day, and I am excited to share that this fall I took a job working for the incredible Development Office at MGH. This job is an opportunity for me to give back and to help others share their stories and fulfill their philanthropic goals. Being selected to run on the Pediatric Cancer Team at MGH truly is a dream come true. Of course, it goes without saying that I’m running in honor of and to celebrate the life of my cousin. Joining the Development team and raising money for this world-renowned hospital is the one way I know how I can celebrate Beth’s life. I don’t doubt how hard the training and running of 26.2 miles will be. However, if there’s anything I have learned from Beth’s courageous journey, it’s that life should be celebrated one mile at a time and that it’s the little things that truly have the biggest impact.
Thank you for your support!
With love & sincere gratitude,