Christine Boyer is running the Boston Marathon in memory of her cousin Patrick Walsh who had NF and passed away at the young age of 33.
Christine writes on her marathon fundraising page:
I have the amazing honor of running the Boston Marathon 2016 for Neurofibromatosis Northeast!! What is Neurofibromatosis (NF)? It is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to develop on nerve tissue. These tumors can develop anywhere in your nervous system, including your brain, spinal cord and nerves. The tumors are usually noncancerous (benign), but sometimes can become cancerous (malignant). Unfortunately this terrible disorder runs in my family and my cousins John Walsh, Jennifer Walsh and Patrick Walsh all have this disorder. It can cause several types of tumors and they can be very painful and debilitating.
My cousin Patrick, who was 33, had a tumor on his leg that eventually became cancerous. He fought a long, hard, courageous battle against the cancer but unfortunately it spread too far and he passed away on June 21, 2010. This has been devastating for our family to see such a young and healthy man gone too soon. My goal is to raise as much money as I can to support research to stop this terrible disease.
It is my challenge to run the Boston Marathon this year for NF Northeast and especially for Patrick Walsh!! My minimum fundraising goal to be able to represent NF Northeast in this incredible athletic event is $7,500.00!!! I know this is a lot of money and I have to work really hard not only to raise the funds but also to train for 26.2 miles of running and Heartbreak Hill!!
Please consider supporting me and helping me reach this HUGE goal for an incredibly worthy cause. Any amount will do but the more you can donate the better.
And in the words of Patrick I plan to “KEEP UP THE FIGHT” against NF and I hope you will join me!!!
Thank you so much for all your support,