I'm running in the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon with Fred's Team to raise funds for crucial cancer research, and I'm asking you to help me by donating to my run.
My patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center inspire me to go to work every day. Each morning, these patients wake up to undergo treatment for colorectal cancer, appendix cancer, mesothelioma and other rare malignancies, or face life with the specter of recurrence not far from their minds. That inspiration carries over to all parts of my life, including my running.
Cancer is not just part of my professional life. My own mother, in addition to other family members and friends, has been touched by cancer. Running a marathon seems like a small effort compared to what I see them and my patients go through.
My first marathon for Fred's Team was in 2010. I was asked to run that marathon in memory of a young woman who passed away more than twenty years ago while she was training for the NYC Marathon. While I was training, I read her running journal—it was filled with her hopes, dreams and struggles. Tragically, her journal entries ended suddenly before she could finish her training and run the marathon.
While I am running, I often think of what she wrote and how lucky I am to have this opportunity, and hope that, by running with Fred’s Team, I can help give others a similar chance.
I hope that my oncology training and experience can make a positive impact in my patients' lives, but I have no illusions—there is much that we do not know about the biology and optimal treatment of cancer. That is why half of my time is spent conducting research. Knowing the deep need for cancer research funding, I have completed seven races for Fred's Team and raised over $42,000 to support cancer research at MSK.
All donations will be used to support our efforts to better understand and treat metastatic cancer to the peritoneum, a type of cancer spread that has been very challenging to control. With your support, we have the opportunity to make a major impact in this group of diseases, including appendix and colorectal cancer.
Running in the NYC Marathon has been a lifetime highlight for me, and I am looking forward to doing it again this year.
All the best,
Dr. Garrett Nash