In my earlier running days, I always said that if I couldn't qualify (time-wise) to run the Boston Marathon, then I would never do it. But then our little grandson, Shane, was born and everything changed. Shortly after his birth, Shane was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and was very quickly transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital. We were soon to learn what an amazing place this is, with some of the best doctors in the world, compassionate and caring nurses and awesome staff that are willing to go above and beyond to help patients and families in any way possible.
Although we lost our little Shane five and a half weeks after he was born, we will be forever grateful to all the amazing people at Boston Children’s Hospital who helped to guide us, care for us and wrap us in their love as we struggled to come to grips with our world that had been turned upside down. And even though Shane’s life was short, it was very meaningful. Among other things, he taught us to slow down and enjoy the moment, to appreciate the beauty in nature, to take better care of one another and to be grateful for the many, many blessings we have in our lives.
Shane also changed the way I looked at the Boston Marathon. Instead of wanting no part of it, I now see it as a great honor and a chance to do something I never would have done. To be able to run in loving memory of Shane, to run in gratitude for all the blessings in my life and to run to give back to others at Boston Children's Hospital would feel like Shane’s special gift to me.
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