Soaking wet shoes, but $250K for cancer research
There was freezing rain falling from the sky for the first time in at least ten years. The temperature on the course was in the 30s. Everything was soaked, but Redpoint’s Client Services Director Laurie Nahigian finished her 20th consecutive Boston Marathon despite the wicked weather.
“I wore a poncho for the first 10 miles but it was so windy it was like I had a parachute on,” Laurie said. “My shoes were soaking wet the entire run.”
Laurie was less concerned about a personal record, but rather the fundraising goals of her and her team, the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC), which has already raised more than $5 million for critical cancer research this season. The team directs 100% of funds to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research. Laurie has raised almost $14,000 and the dollars are still coming in.
The memory of those who have fought the disease and their families is what drives Laurie to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the DFMC every year, and to finish this grueling 26.2 mile slog in the frigid temperatures.
“For the last 12 years, I’ve had a tradition with my Patient Partner where I carry a special coin from Hopkinton to Boston and when I see her family at mile 25, I give it to them,” she said. “My hands were so cold I couldn’t go into the teeny pocket in my tights to get it, so her mom had to. It certainly added some comic relief for the other friends and spectators who brave the weather to support us.”
Despite a calf cramp in that final mile down Boylston Street, Laurie made it to the finish line with a remarkable time of 3:35. But more impressive is the $250,000 she has personally raised over the last 20 years. “That is what I am most proud of.”
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