After years of watching the Boston Marathon and cheering on family and friends who have successfully accomplished this challenge, I too have decided to go for it. I can remember being young, watching the runners pass through Wellesley and cheering loudly as I yelled out the name on their shirts or the organization for which they were running. I always thought that some day I would also run the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston.
I am very excited that I received a number to run the 2018 Boston Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital. Although the marathon will be a huge accomplishment for me, the real hero is the little boy I will be running for. On September 30th, 2016, Ethan Weiss was taken to the hospital. Doctors quickly discovered he had a large tumor in his abdomen diagnosing him with stage 4, high risk, neuroblastoma. At only 2 years old, he began an aggressive treatment program consisting of chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, stem cell transplant, biologic therapy and immunotherapy. He has been working hard every single day since then to get healthy and overcome this horrible illness. While my marathon will last 4 or so hours, his 15 month struggle is still not over yet. As I do my training and specifically my long runs, Ethan will be in my heart every step of the way. He will be my true inspiration.
I chose to run for Boston Children’s Hospital because of all of the incredible work they do to help so many children. My hope it to reach or exceed my goal of $12,000 in his honor to help Boston Children’s Hospital continue to treat children such as Ethan. Please donate to: http://fundraise.childrenshospital.org/goto/heatherganitsky
Thanks for your support!