Danielle Volman is running Boston in memory of her mom

"In November, I turned 28, the age my mom was when she passed away."


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: Danielle Volman
Age: 28
From: Charlotte, North Carolina
Bib #: 25393

In November, I turned 28, the age my mom was when she passed away.

The love she showed me in the five years we had together, even throughout treatment, was so great that it still shines inside me. And it’s this same love and early lesson of appreciation for life that has shaped me into the woman I’m proud to say I am today. It’s this love and her inspiration that makes me fight like hell to train, run, and raise money year after year after year until a cure is found for cancer — not just for hers but for Isabella’s and for so many others’.


It’s hard to believe I’m now 28 and outliving my mom. I celebrated my 28th birthday with a bittersweetness very few can understand, but I plan on leaving a mark this year that I’ll remember forever, in her honor and in her memory.

I never imagined that I would have the honor of running the Boston Marathon for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team not once, but twice — prominently joining the fight against cancer in the very same city that I was born in, my mom was treated in, and where she is buried.

In April when I run the Boston Marathon, I will be the exact same age, almost to the day, that my mom was when she passed away. I will run on the same roads that she once drove to get to treatment, the same streets we once walked together, the same streets that I now drive to visit her in the cemetery.

In memory and in honor of my mom and my special birthday this year, I’m running the Boston Marathon and fundraising to crush cancer.

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Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.