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: Malinda Ann Hill
From: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Bib #: 21529
I am grateful for the opportunity to run the 2018 Boston Marathon as a time qualifier and charity runner with Team Lemon to benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
Alexandra “Alex” Scott started her own lemonade stand at age 4 to help fund childhood cancer research. Although she died from neuroblastoma in 2004, her legacy lives on, and she continues to be an inspiration to me because she demonstrated how one person can inspire so many to work together to make a difference.
My identical twin, Leah, and I deemed ourselves “Twins Run in Our Family” so we could share our experiences running together to support causes we care about. We are grateful for the following of runners, twins, and others who have been inspired by our stories.
Leah finished her first Boston Marathon in 2013. After the tragedy, I decided I wanted to qualify so we could run Boston together in memory of those who died and in honor of those who survived.
I was determined to qualify while raising funds for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in memory of Leah’s brother-in-law, Michael, and our grandmother, GG. Although there were many moments of disappointment after 11 failed attempts, I finally qualified at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon (3:46:13).
I am grateful for the support I have received since I started my journey, and I appreciate the generosity of family, friends, and followers who have donated to help fight childhood cancer.
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