Why I’m Running: Lindsey Cunniff is running Boston for her dad, who died of liver disease

"This past year has been hard to say the least, but I decided I needed a way to channel my grief, along with complete one of his goals."

Lindsey Cunniff. –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. Editor’s note: Due to the number of submissions already received, we are no longer accepting entries for this year’s race.

Name: Lindsey Cunniff
Age: 21
From: Foxborough
Bib #: 26397

My dad had a lot of things he said he was going to do once he got better, one of which was run a marathon. On Oct. 27, 2016, I received a call from my dorm room that my dad was receiving a liver transplant. It was during the waiting period that I decided I would run the marathon with him when he got better. After five days and two failed transplants, my dad passed away. This past year has been hard to say the least, but I decided I needed a way to channel my grief, along with complete one of his goals. When looking for a marathon to do in honor of my father, the Boston Marathon was one that stuck out to me. I looked on the website to see if there was a charity to run with that would go well with my cause, and the first one I saw was the perfect one for me: American Liver Foundation. Raising money for the American Liver Foundation gives me peace knowing that the money I raise can help make it so other families don’t have to go through the pain of losing a loved one to liver disease.

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