People often ask me why I continue to run Marathons... I ran my first Boston Marathon 11 years ago, in memory of my dad who I had recently lost to cancer. My first run made me realize how much cancer patients endure on a daily basis, running 26.2 miles is a small struggle in comparision. I would love to see a cure for cancer in my lifetime, running for a special cause is very dear to me. Training and running the 2020 Boston Marathon is something that I can do for all of the loved ones that I have lost over the years and for the ones that are currently fighting to beat cancer. This years Boston Marathon I will be running in honor of my loving mother in-law, Marilyn who passed away in July after battling Melanoma. As I head up Heartbreak Hill I will be constantly reminded of the love and support she gave me and her family. I miss her everyday, I will hear her voice as I push through the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston and I will smile knowing that she is guiding me to the finish line.
Together we can help raise awareness and help find ways to support cancer research and new treatments. Monies that I raise for this run will go directly to support the Pediatric Hemoatology Oncology at Mass General. This group of cancer patients is so important to me, children who need to be given a chance to fulfill their dreams and enjoy all that life has to give. Please support me as I run my 9th Marathon.
~Charlie #Boston2020 #RunMGH