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 15, 2019.
Name: Meaghan Gorman
From: Houston, Texas
Bib #: 26003
This year I’m running the Boston Marathon to raise awareness about the dangers of melanoma and funds for IMPACT Melanoma, an awesome organization which provides education to the public and support for those affected by this disease.
In 2013, my brother was diagnosed with melanoma in his early 20s, which had also spread to his lymph glands. Over the course of a year, he endured multiple surgeries, radiation, and immunotherapy treatments while still performing his duties as a new police officer. Other than the necessary time off for surgeries, he worked day in and day out as if nothing were wrong. It was a scary time for the whole family, but fortunately his treatments were successful and the doctors were confident enough to say he was disease free about two years after his diagnosis!
If he can work through all of that to overcome this disease, I can look to his strength to run 26.2 miles and raise awareness and support IMPACT Melanoma’s mission. Early detection saves lives!
Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.