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: Amy Comander
From: Newton, Massachusetts
Bib #: 30197
Renowned American marathoner Amby Burfoot has stated: “Every mile out there is a gift and every finish line is a gift.”
As a breast cancer oncologist, these words resonate with me. Unfortunately I see far too many patients whose journeys are cut short. That is why I am “hooked” on the life-affirming experience of running Boston and crossing that finish line in Copley Square! This year I am thrilled to run my sixth consecutive Boston Marathon as a member of Team Newton-Wellesley, with the goal to support the life-saving treatments and compassionate care we provide for cancer patients at the Mass General Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley.
I am running this year’s marathon in memory of a dear patient of mine, Arlie Langseth. I had the privilege to meet Arlie in 2015, shortly after she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. Arlie impressed me with her strength and commitment to live her life to the fullest. Arlie was deeply passionate about so many things — her love for her family and friends, her passion for nature and walking in the woods with her dogs, and her interests in nutrition, exercise, gardening, and all other activities that brought her joy.
With Arlie’s inspiration, I am running Boston this year with the goal to start a wellness program for breast cancer survivors at our Cancer Center. I am hopeful that the funds that I raise this year by running the Boston Marathon will make a remarkable difference in enhancing the lives of women who are facing a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.