My name is Nedine Cunningham and I am a full-time teacher of middle school social studies. I am also a part-time key-holder at Alex & Ani Martha’s Vineyard.
On April 15th, 2013, I waited to see the elite runners cross the historic finish line of the Boston Marathon. While waiting for the runners, I chatted with a mother and father who were waiting for their son, a group of women who eagerly waited for the elite women from the home country to make an entry onto Boylston and a group of college friends who had never experienced this event. I cheered with them, talked with them, and shared in the excitement of the race. After the elite men finished, I headed to my car as I was going to Vermont to visit friends. As soon as I crossed the New Hampshire state line, I was inundated with calls from friends and family asking if I was ok, where I was, was I at the finish line when the unthinkable happened. Luck was on my side that day, but to this day, I am unsure of what happened to those I stood by earlier in the afternoon.
After that day, I resolved to join the other 36,000 runners that will participate in the Boston Marathon this year. On April 21st, I will step up to the starting line in Hopkinton to embark on a 26.2-mile journey. As important as this opportunity is to me, I want my marathon run to have impact or benefit someone else. To accomplish that, I have joined a team of runners representing the American Liver Foundation.
I am honored to be part of the American Liver Foundation’s Run for Research team as we, the runners, the supporters and the city of Boston, take back the spirit of the Boston Marathon and the glory and triumph it represents. I decided to help fundraise for the American Liver Foundation because liver cancer is the only primary cancer that is increasing in numbers. The race is not only for the runners, but also to represent the triumph that others have accomplished in their fight with liver disease.
My goal is to raise $4,000 for the foundation. Every step I take and every dollar I raise will make a difference in the lives of more than 30 million Americans living with liver disease. I am looking forward to running my first Boston Marathon and if you would like to support me in this effort, I would be so very grateful and so would those who benefit from the work that the American Liver Foundation supports.
Donations can be made here via American Liver Foundation’s ‘Run for Research.”
Images courtesy of Nedine Cunningham.