This past year I have been faced with a life changing challenge and it has motivated me more then ever to step up and do what I can to help.
A year that was suppose to be filled with joy and excitement from planning a wedding recently took a drastic turn. Just weeks after my fiancé Lauren and I got engaged on March 19, 2017 our love and commitment was instantly tested. Lauren was diagnosed with Stage3 breast cancer and was also told she has a rare genetic gene mutation that could possibly lead to other complications down the road. Lauren has recently recovered from double mastectomy surgery as the fight with chemotherapy is on going.
After multiple visits and opinions from other hospitals we choose to be apart of the MGH team. During our time at MGH, I couldn’t help but notice all the other patients fighting just like Lauren. Cancer of any kind, at any stage and at any age is extremely unsettling. Seeing all this unfold over the last few months has been more then eye opening, it has motivated me to do whatever I can to help.
Yes, The Boston Marathon has alway been tops on my list of life goals and accomplishments and something I can look back and say “I did it, I finished the Boston Marathon.” Well, my motive and my intentions to be run the Boston Marathon has changed. Its not about me and my life goals, but about ALL THE PEOPLE that can benefit from me running. I honestly cherish this opportunity to be apart of the MGH Marathon Team. The least I can do is wear the MGH logo with honor and respect, run in Lauren’s name and know that ever step I take during the Marathon is one step closer in helping all the people that truly benefit from every dollar raised.
I ask you all to BELIEVE THERE IS HOPE FOR A CURE and come together because no one should fight alone.