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.
Name: Russell Bilodeau
From: North Andover
Bib #: 26851
I will be running this year’s Boston Marathon supporting Family Reach Foundation. I have been matched with an amazing young woman from Melrose named Camille. Camille is 15 years old and was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, when she was 11 years old. Camille loved to compete in Irish step dancing competitions prior to her diagnosis, but, now, unfortunately, she is unable to dance. She has faced three relapses and multiple surgeries and, through it all, continues to find the good in every situation and face the road ahead with a positive attitude and a great sense of humor. Family Reach helps families with children diagnosed with cancer pay bills (car payments, utilities, food, etc.) that would otherwise be unable to be paid due to the financial toxicity of a cancer diagnosis. I am so proud to represent this brave young woman and this amazing foundation on April 16th. I hope to make them proud! On to Boylston!
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