PROCTORSVILLE, Vt. – On April 20, Lisa Marks from Proctorsville, Vt., is running to conquer cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team in the 124th Boston Marathon.
Marks, along with more than 500 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world, will run Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston to raise $6.25 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
This year marks the 31st annual running of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. One hundred percent of the money raised by the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team goes to Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, which supports promising science research in its earliest stages. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge has raised more than $100 million for the Claudia Adams Barr Program to date.
In 1990, Dana-Farber was among the first charity organizations to be recognized by the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Boston Marathon. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team offers its members extensive fundraising support, training guidance from 1976 Boston Marathon men’s champion Jack Fultz, and Boston-area training runs, plus volunteer opportunities for non-runners. Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners who are not time-qualified for the Boston Marathon receive an invitational entry into the race.
Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners include cancer survivors and patients, and family and friends of those who have been affected by cancer. Each team member must fulfill a basic fundraising commitment:
- Invitational runners, runners who receive their entry from Dana-Farber, have a fundraising commitment of $7,500.
- Own entry runners, runners who have joined the DFMC after obtaining their own race entry, have a fundraising commitment of $4,000.
A cornerstone of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge is its Partner Program. Each year, approximately 50 current pediatric cancer patients of Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic are paired with DFMC runners as “Patient Partners.” For the young patients, their partnerships with the runners provide a unique and friendly focus outside their illnesses. Another two-dozen Partner Program families are paired with runners through the “In-Memory Program” in remembrance of their children.
To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, visit www.RunDFMC.org or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at 617-632-1970 or email@example.com. Follow DFMC on Facebook: www.facebook/marathonchallenge.