• Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge

    Jennifer Sheridan channels the strength and perseverance of her siblings during her marathon runs

    Jennifer SheridanJennifer Sheridan with her husband, Andrew, at the 2011 DFMC "$10K Team" Reception 

    Jennifer Sheridan will run her fourth Boston Marathon to honor her two sisters and brother as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team to support cancer research at Dana-Farber.

    Jennifer began training for her first marathon in 2008 — the year her sister, Molly, 36, died. While Molly was in treatment for a brain tumor, running became a stress relief for Jennifer and a way to beat back her feeling of helplessness. The following year, Jennifer continued running and it was her brother, John, who got sick. John, 32, died of a brain tumor in 2009. In 2011, Jennifer's sister, Mary, lost her battle to melanoma and passed away at age 35.

    Jennifer has maintained her running and fundraising for Dana-Farber every year because one after another, her sisters and brother left her with their examples of strength and perseverance. And research, she says, helps everyone.

    "I am humbled by what they endured and the positive and inspiring attitude they maintained throughout it all," she said.

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