My Boston Marathon journey began back in 2018 when my older sister, Michaela, ran the Boston Marathon. She ran for a foundation that raises money to support cancer research, as our grandmother had recently been diagnosed. That fundraising effort quickly became even more personal for her (and our family), as our mom was diagnosed with cancer shortly before Michaela ran the 2018 Boston Marathon. Despite this devastating news, Michaela's drive and determination carried her during the 26.2 mile trek through the torrential downpour that hit the streets of Boston that day. I can't say I was surprised by Michaela's efforts that day though, as those characteristics of drive and determination run in the family. It's those exact qualities that helped both my mom and my grandmother to beat cancer, and I'm thankful for that every day. As much as I'd like to think they both beat their diagnosis on sheer willpower, I know that they wouldn't be where they are today without the help of their incredible doctors and nurses, which is why I want to run the 2020 Boston Marathon.
I know many people have been impacted by cancer, and I know many people are not as fortunate to say that their loved ones won the battle with cancer like my family has. But that is why I want to run for the Shawn Thornton Foundation. I want to raise money for this great charity to support cancer research so more people have the ability to say, "My family member beat cancer."
The Shawn Thornton Foundation is dedicated to helping find cures for diseases close to Shawn's heart, specifically, Parkinson's and cancer. The Foundation will work towards this mission by raising awareness, funding innovative research and helping to relieve the burden and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
Please help me in supporting this great cause! Any and all contributions make a difference!