For most people Monday morning usually means grabbing their morning cup of joe for their daily commute into their office, but for Bostonians, Monday April 19, means Patriots? Day AKA ?Marathon Monday?. After a weekend of rain and cold weather, the clouds finally parted and the temperatures rose giving the perfect setting for the 114th Boston Marathon. As the 25,000 participants took to the start line preparing for their marathons, I remembered how impactful this group of runners has become for LIVESTRONG.
Over the past 4 months these 23 individuals have been training hard; waking up early every Saturday morning for their long runs, putting on their fundraising events, raising close to $39,000 for the fight against cancer. For each of these runners, the marathon was less was about running and more about the uniting for the cause. For Team LIVESTRONG runner Julie Westcott, the marathon was a celebration. A three-time cancer survivor, this marathon marks a year cancer-free for Julie, who ran Boston last year after starting her chemo treatments. Julie turns 35 on Wednesday. Happy Birthday Jules!
Team LIVESTRONG was also lucky to welcome its youngest member of the Boston team, Katie Crowley. Katie, a college student who is running her first marathon, is extremely important to the future of LIVESTRONG because she found marathon-ing and philanthropy at such a young age.
It has been such a pleasure working with each of the team members over this past 4 months and even more fun celebrating this weekend with them! I hope they continue to be a part of Team LIVESTRONG and build our movement in events around the country. Thank you runners!