It's always been a personal goal of mine to run a marathon, and I am proud to say I am running the 2020 Boston Marathon with Team South Shore Health!
As you may know, my father was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (also called PKD) in 2001. PKD is a genetic disorder that causes cysts to develop in your kidneys, causing them to enlarge and lose function over time. PKD affects thousands in the United States and millions worldwide - and yet, many people have never heard of it.
In recent years, my father's health significantly declined - so much that he was automatically eligible to be placed on the kidney transplant list. For many, receiving a transplant is like winning the lottery. Well, after playing the worst waiting game for years, my sister did one of the most selfless things a person can do and donated her kidney to my father last November. Her strength and commitment throughout this miracle for our family was beyond admirable and words will never describe what she has given to us all. My father's health is now in a great place and we are forever grateful.
This is my motivation for running the Boston Marathon.
It's organizations like South Shore Health that make these miracles possible. All funds raised by my efforts will support the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital, which provides world-leading cancer care programs on the South Shore. So while I gear up to run my first marathon, please join me in this fundraising commitment to change the lives of many in the South Shore Community.
Thank you in advance for your support!