Two brothers, one from South Boston, will make sure their sister is not forgotten, as they take part in the 12th Annual Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon.
Dylan Taylor, 26, of South Boston and his 29-year-old brother Nate, will run for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to raise money for the group in memory of their sister Hannah.
The young woman, who was originally from Connecticut, lost a seven-year battle to cancer in March at the age 32.
“I valued that I was here when she was in treatment so I could be here for her. I was able to spend as much time with her as possible,” Dylan said in a statement. “She was incredibly focused on the future and finding a cure. A few weeks prior to her death in response to me asking her if there was anything I could do in the future, she said, ‘Stop this disease.’ I will do anything I can to fulfill that promise.”
Dylan said he remembers sleeping on his sister’s couch when he first moved to the city and how she always persevered even when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2005.
“It was shocking to all of us,” Dylan said. “It threw our family – she was a healthy girl. She was 26.”
The two brothers however won’t be alone this Sunday as they run the half-marathon. They will be joined by family members and friends.
“It was something we knew would bring my family together, and that’s something my sister valued,” Nate, a Connecticut residents said in a statement. “Our parents will come up for the race and after, we’ll all get together and share stories. We thought it’d be a good way to honor her.”