• Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge

    DFMC Stories

    The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) team is a diverse group, and every member of it has a different story. The one thing they all share is that they each have been touched in some way by cancer, spurring them to make a tremendous personal commitment to fighting cancer through the fundraising and training components of DFMC. Here are some of their stories.

    Andy Willett stays connected with his father through the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge
    Andy Willett 

    After being diagnosed with cancer, Andy was treated on the same floor at Dana-Farber as his father and by the same people. When Andy arrived for his first treatment, the staff recognized him as Ted’s son and told him how much his father had made them laugh.


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

    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.


    Tara Cassery battles through her first marathon to honor a friend's son
    Tara Cassery 

    When Tara, a first-time Marathoner has sore legs and feet from her training, she thinks of Daniel, who lives with his family in Oxford, and she gets back out there. "I think, 'All right, Tara, who are you running for?'" she said. The pains are "nothing compared to what he is going through. I will muddle through. He is my inspiration."


    Boston native Laura Ducie runs for her Patient Partner, Patrick Skiba
    Laurie Ducie 

    Laura is partnered in the Patient Partner program with five-year-old Patrick Skiba, of Newburyport, a patient in the Jimmy Fund Clinic. For the 3rd year in a row, Laura will run the Boston Marathon in his honor.

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