"I am running to feel my racing heart because at one moment in time, I was unsure how much longer it would be beating."
Name: Christina Ferrero
As the saying goes, like mother, like daughter. My mom and I have the same name, same go-getter personalities, same love for chocolate cake, same love to dance like no one is watching and both carriers of the BRCA 2 mutation. This mutation gave us a higher chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer than the average woman. The main difference between us is I’m the one alive to tell our story.
Unfortunately, my mom lost her 6-year battle to breast cancer in August 2016. My mom never let her illness define her; something I always admired. I was told I was a carrier of the BRCA 2 mutation days before moving from Arizona to New York City. Despite feeling terrified in my own skin, like I had ticking time bombs on my chest, I still moved. After I was settled in NYC, I was referred to Memorial Sloan Kettering to help with planning my Preventive Double Mastectomy; a decision I made for myself, for my mom and my family.
Throughout the surgeries and countless appointments, I knew I wanted to share my experience in order to help others going forward. That’s why I have decided to run 26.2 miles in the New York City Marathon raising money for Memorial Sloan Kettering. To continue to help provide care to those affected by this terrible disease. Give hope to individuals when they do not see the light at the end of the tunnel.
On November 3rd, 2019, I am running for those who are unable to run, who fight the fight against cancer every day. I am running in loving memory of my fearless mother Christina R. Ferrero. I am running to feel my racing heart because at one moment in time I was unsure how much longer it would be beating. Reminding myself with every breath that I am alive, helping others and making a difference. Like mother, like daughter.