I am ecstatic (nerves aside) to be running my first marathon with TargetCancer Foundation. TargetCancer supports innovative rare cancer research for cancers such as cholangiocarcinoma and esophageal cancer. It is a foundation with a particularly special place in my heart, as it crosses into both my professional and personal life.
As many of you reading this probably know, TargetCancer was founded by Paul Poth who was an attorney at Mintz Levin, the firm that I am blessed to call my home-base. While I did not have the privilege of knowing Paul, I have learned of his drive, humor and kindness from my colleagues at Mintz (who are always ecstatic to share their memories of and fondness for Paul). Paul founded TargetCancer after he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma. Mintz has remained dedicated to honoring Paul's memory through supporting the noble goals of TargetCancer. (Learn more about Paul and the history of TargetCancer here).
Cholangiocarcinoma has also affected a family that I am lucky to know and call friends. I moved from Maine to Massachusetts for college and law school and ended up remaining here with my now husband, who is a Saugus native. The Webster family, who lost their their husband/father, Dave Webster, to cholangiocarcinoma has gone above and beyond to make me feel like a part of this community.
This, together with the fact that insufficient funding for rare cancer research leaves patients with very few, if any, treatment options, made running for TargetCancer a no brainer. It is with a great sense of purpose that I embark on this journey and I look forward to sharing it with you all!