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: Caitlin Cusick
From: Newton, Massachusetts
Bib #: 25294
After an 11-year break, I have rejoined the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team in 2019. My parents were both diagnosed with cancer this year and — thanks to Dana-Farber — have both been given the gift of more time with us. My husband’s parents are also Dana Farber patients living each day filled with hope. I have two little boys, and all four of their grandparents are Dana-Farber patients. As much as I need my parents, my boys have a lot of living left to do, and they need their grandparents here for it!
I run to say thank you to Dana-Farber, to raise awareness amongst friends and family that we CAN help in the fight against cancer, and to honor my parents’ fights this year … heartbreak isn’t a hill, cancer is a hill!
Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.