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More Than a Run

March 31, 2014 | Erin Kim

On Sunday, March 16, twenty-three driven members of Team CRI ran the NYC Half 2014 for the Cancer Research Institute. As a team, they raised more than $32,800, which will help fund important research leading to effective immune-based treatments for patients facing any type of cancer.

All our runners, motivated by many different reasons but dedicated to one unified cause, took to the streets of New York City and traversed the 13.1-mile route around Central Park, up to Harlem, through Times Square, and down the West Side Highway along the East River waterfront, all the way to the Financial District in lower Manhattan. The brisk 30 degree weather didn’t discourage our runners in this year’s thematic race “More than a Run”—a marathon to celebrate health, recovery, self-improvement, and community.

Angelo Giordano ran for his brother Rick, who passed away last year after a 12-year battle against a very rare form of cancer called thymic neuroendocrine tumor. His brother’s determination against this disease, which allowed him to surpass a three-year prognosis from his doctors, was the driving force for Angelo’s run and fundraising. “My brother Rick has taught me many things over his lifetime, but his sheer determination to continue on when all the odds were against him is my driving force in completing this relatively small task of running 13.1 miles.”

Elizabeth Stevenson, the 21-year-old sister of CRI staff member Denise Upton, ran for her grandfather, who passed away from prostate cancer, and also for her grandmother, who recently lost her battle with endocrine cancer. She has been highly inspired by the research that CRI does in benefiting cancer immunology research.

Knowing that 8 million people die from various cancers each year, Jennifer Marcus didn’t believe that those who have lost the fight against the disease should be remembered just as a statistic. Jennifer ran the NYC Half 2014 for CRI in memory of her mother, who passed away in 2012 from bladder cancer, and dedicated each and every mile to her for her support through everything—from working hard to “going for the gold.” “Although cancer is an unfortunate epidemic in our society today, there is hope,” says Jennifer. “Don’t believe in statistics, believe in solutions.”

No matter the cancer type, or the people in our lives who have been affected by cancer, whether it be ourselves, a family member, a friend, or acquaintance, we all want this thing called “cancer” to end. There’s still a lot of work to do to see more therapies become successful in treating cancer, and perhaps, one day, cure it, but by reading and sharing stories of our other Team CRI runners, becoming motivated to fundraise for CRI in other marathons or events, or making a donation, you’re being a part of that solution.

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