I am proud to announce that I will be participating in the 2020 BAA Boston Marathon as a member of Team TargetCancer Foundation (TCF)! I am running in honor of my father, Brian Carey, who passed away from cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile ducts, in April of 2017 - seven months to the day following his diagnosis. He was 65 years old.
Due to limited research data from rare cancers, funding allocation is insufficient, often leaving patients with very few treatment options. TCF provides patient advocacy and works tirelessly to promote funding, awareness and innovative research methods for rare cancer treatments. While I would like to tell you that my experience with cholangiocarcinoma was a rollercoaster of high and lows, the truth is, it felt like a slow freefall. TCF offered our family an avenue of hope during the darkest of times.
My Dad never missed an opportunity to say, “I love you, pal” and he had a unique ability to keep me grounded when life got chaotic. I cannot pinpoint if it was his wacky sense of humor, his perfect song selection or botched movie quotes that set me straight, but it always came from a place of love. Even in his final months he imparted wisdom and invaluable life lessons that I'll carry forever. 26.2 miles pales in comparison to life without him, and if/ when I stumble along the way I will remember his infectious laugh, his determination to live and his refusal to surrender.
My family and I remain committed to TCF and leverage the Boston Marathon as a rally point in an effort to continue my father’s fight. While we may have endured a devastating blow with the loss of our pack leader, my family and our loyal support system are still a force to be reckoned with.
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