Lisa Marks is running her 21st Boston Marathon for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team

"I run for my patient partner Nolan Alberty, who is an acute myeloid leukemia survivor at the young age of eight."

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Name: Lisa Marks
Age: 46
From: Proctorsville, Vermont

My name is Lisa Marks and on April 20, I will be running my 21st Boston Marathon for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team. I run because for 21 years I have seen our team make incredible strides in fundraising, as we all strive to reach the ultimate finish line…a world without cancer.

Lisa Marks, who is running the Boston Marathon for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, with her patient partner Nolan Alberty. —Lisa Marks

I run for my patient partner Nolan Alberty, who is an acute myeloid leukemia survivor at the young age of eight. Nolan received a life saving bone marrow transplant under the care of Dana-Farber. At the time of his transplant he faced a complication called veno-occlusive disease and spent weeks in the ICU at the age of four. He received an experimental drug at Dana-Farber that was available because of research that is done using money that is raised through the Barr Program, as a result of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. These funds are available to researchers and scientists because they are not FDA controlled and come from fundraising. This is why I will be forever grateful to the B.A.A. and to the city of Boston for being so supportive of charity runners and opening their hearts to us on Marathon Monday.

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I run for my in-memory partner Caitlin Mattes and for Matty Dubuc, who even though they are no longer with us are still showing the world why it is important to love the people you have in your lives and tell them you love them each day. They continue to make an impact on so many people because of the way they lived in the short time they were here on Earth.

I run because I can and because it is important for all of us to find a way to make a difference in some small way because collectively that is how we can all make a greater change. I run just like all of my teammates because we imagine a world without cancer.

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

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