Why I’m Running: Katie Crowell is running Boston after hearing the words ‘You have cancer’

"I was 32-weeks pregnant with my second child when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, just over two weeks after my 35th birthday."

Katie Crowell. —Courtesy

In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston on April 16, 2018. Are you running Boston? Here’s how to share your story on Boston.com.

Name: Katie Crowell
Age: 37
From: Milton
Bib #: 25478

Hearing the words “You have Cancer” are not what anyone expects or wants to hear, but sadly it happens every single day. Less than three years ago I, unfortunately, heard those words. Most people thought it couldn’t have been any worse, but it was. I was 32-weeks pregnant with my second child when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, just over two weeks after my 35th birthday. Not only did I have to take care of my then-3-year-old, I also had to worry about my unborn child as well as myself. I was terrified. To this day when I relive my account or read what I went through I still can’t believe it’s me. I still go in for monthly treatments in hopes that there will be a cure in my lifetime. I am running the Boston Marathon in support of Dana-Farber because I am living proof of their mission to save lives. I am living with stage 4 breast cancer while simultaneously raising my young family and lead as normal a life as possible. Running is very cathartic for me. It helps me feel like myself. I have been running marathons and ultramarathons for many years. This will be my 25th official marathon and eighth Boston. Raising funds for Dana-Farber is critical. They are at the forefront of research and have made it possible for people like myself to lead fuller lives. This June marks my three-year cancer-versary. I hope to make it many, many more!

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