As many of you know, we suffered a great tragedy earlier this year with the passing of my mother-in-law, Makiko Monji. She was so kind, generous, stylish, talented, loving, and full of life - Maki was truly a special person who was beautiful in every way. We miss her dearly. Sadly, she was afflicted with a terrible disease, esophageal cancer, that ended her life far too quickly.
On November 3, 2019, I will be running the New York City Marathon, my first marathon. I have been training hard and I am proudly dedicating my run to Maki's memory and life. She was always so supportive of everyone and inspiring to others - I know she will be with me as I run.
I have decided to use this opportunity to raise money for the Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation in Maki's honor. Salgi funds research into methods for early detection and treatment of esophgeal cancer, which, unfortunately, is a devastating disease that is often caught too late to be effectively treated. Esophageal cancer is also one of the fasting growing cancers in the world (600% increase in diagnoses over the last 30 years), but is relatively unknown and is lacking in research funding and awareness among the general public. Please visit salgi.org for more information regarding esophageal cancer awareness, early detection, and research.
Your support would be greatly appreciated - every contribution will help carry me to the finish line and will go towards the fight against esophageal cancer!
PS: If you want to track me as I run, my bib number is 32610 (use the New York Road Runners app). I hope to see you out there on race day!