A marathon is 26.2 miles. While your variables include fitness, hydration and weather, the course is set and, consistent to all marathons, the finish is 26.2 miles from the start. Things can and do go wrong during training runs and on race day, as I learned in 2014, but the definitive distance empowers runners to fight on and drive to the finish line ... Unlike a marathon, cancer is a wildcard. It doesn't fight fair or relent and works continuously to break the human spirit through setbacks and side effects. Cancer doesn't take days off and the end to each cancer battle is completely uncertain. I look forward to conquering Boston '18 and need your support to drive forward Target Cancer Foundation's mission to fund rare cancer research and provide patient advocacy.
My Dad was my best friend. We lost him to cancer, specifically cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer), in April after a seven month battle. He was 65 and I had to celebrate my girls' 1st birthday without him. While I am proud to say we fought it to the very end, I miss my father every hour of every day. His demonstrated determination to live and affinity for helping others drives me to fight on in hopes of bolstering options for the next person faced with a rare cancer battle.
I connected with Target Cancer Foundation following Dad's diagnosis last September in search of a bib for Boston, in search of a conquerable challenge amidst an uncontrollable situation. While the time required to train and fundraise proved more effectively spent with my father and among family, Target Cancer Foundation gave me strength in knowledge and comfort that we weren't alone. I firmly believe that the search for solutions to the rarest and most aggressive cancers will yield the molecular understanding to eradicate cancer and applaud Target Cancer's impact in the space.
For Brian A. Carey, 2.5.1952 - 4.26.2017 - Forever in our hearts ...