Why I’m Running: Jim Lozier is running Boston after surviving cancer

"I wanted to mark the anniversary of my diagnosis by doing something big, in this case raising money for cancer research and running the greatest marathon in the world (also my first)."

Jim Lozier. —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: Jim Lozier
Age: 39
From: Charlotte, North Carolina
Bib #: 25276

My name is Jim Lozier; I’m a 39-year-old husband and father of three in Charlotte, North Carolina; and I will be running the 2018 Boston Marathon in support of Dana-Farber on the five-year anniversary of my melanoma diagnosis and treatment. My cancer diagnosis was incredibly jarring, but, thankfully, I caught it early and have been successfully treated following two surgeries. I wanted to mark the anniversary of my diagnosis by doing something big, in this case raising money for cancer research and running the greatest marathon in the world (also my first). Thus far, I’ve raised $14,000 as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team, exceeding my goal of $500 per mile ($13,100), and I’m continue to fundraise as the race approaches.

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