Dana Farber Marathon Challenge
AboutI'm running the 2011 Boston Marathon to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I've lost my Mother and 2 grandparents to cancer; chances are high that you've lost loved ones too. If you have the means, please donate.
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One month from today, I’ll be running the 115th Boston Marathon as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. The DFMC raises funding for innovative cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, one of the world’s leading cancer research hospitals. My goal is to raise $10,000 for this cause, and this letter is to ask for your support in doing so. If you’re already convinced, you can stop reading now and visit my fundraising page to donate: www.rundfmc.org/2011/markl. However, if you need a little more persuasion, please keep reading to learn about the DFMC and my motivations behind attempting to run my first marathon.
My motivation? Cancer sucks. I don’t need to remind any of you about the devastating effects of cancer - not only on the patients, but also on their family, friends and colleagues. For me, the most direct impact cancer has had was the loss of my Mom, who passed away on April 19, 2009. The marathon this year is on April 18, which is nearly two years to the day of her passing. I’m running because I refuse to let this loss define my experience with this terrible disease. So I’m doing what I can to fight back by raising money to support the efforts of the scientists on the front lines of the war against cancer.
Why Dana-Farber? Most people are familiar with the Dana-Farber as a premier cancer treatment center, but behind these treatments are incredible scientists working on tomorrow’s cures. The DFMC raises funds for the Claudia Adams Barr Program, fostering scientific breakthroughs by advancing the work of these gifted researchers in a variety of basic research disciplines. Since its inception, the DFMC has raised over $47 million for the Barr Program and its researchers. Perhaps most interesting are the actual results of projects funded by the Barr Program, some of which are in hospitals today and are further detailed here. Every penny that I raise goes directly to this research. I truly believe that the knowledge and discoveries resulting from the work we’re helping to fund will one day lead to improved treatments, better cure rates, and perhaps even a real cure.
I ask that you join me by contributing to this effort in any way that you can. If you have the means, please sponsor me by visiting my personal fundraising page at www.rundfmc.org/2011/markl. No amount is too small. If you prefer to write a check, please make it out to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge and send it to my address: 286 River St, Unit 1, Cambridge, MA 02139. We’ve all experienced cancer in one way or another and each person has a story to tell, many with a happy ending. With your help, more and more of these stories will be of survival and healing, and one day we will reach the ultimate goal of the DFMC: a world without cancer.
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