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Running the Berlin Marathon to Fight Pediatric Cancer in Honor of My Son Kerry

Name: Elizabeth Miller
Event: BMW Berlin Marathon
Date: September 29, 2019

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IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT CANCER

Three years ago, our baby boy Kerry, who was a mere seven months old at the time, was diagnosed with a very rare form of pediatric cancer that only affects infants and small children and is terminal if not treated properly.

While Kerry was in active chemo treatment, it was extremely difficult for our family; the fears and emotions of what our baby boy was battling were truly overwhelming. During those dark days, I sincerely appreciated the love, support and prayers expressed for Kerry and our family. Many people asked me to tell them how they could help. I never knew what to say or how to ask for help. After some time I realized there is one important way people can help, which also became my way of giving back to this community of doctors, nurses and families in the world of pediatric cancer that we unexpectedly joined.

In 2016, I ran the NYC marathon and with the tremendous support family, friends and colleagues, Kerry and I raised just over $105,000 where 100% of the funding was dedicated to research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) where Kerry was treated. Amazingly, 589 individuals donated to support our cause. It was just one more miracle I was able to witness in Kerry’s journey.

In 2018, I ran the London marathon, and we raised an additional $64,000 to fight pediatric cancer.
On September 29, 2019, I will run my 3rd of the 6 world marathon majors – this time in Berlin - to once again raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK).

As I did in the New York and London marathons, I will dedicate each mile of my 26-mile race to a child we have come across who has battled or is battling cancer. I will share their stories on Instagram if you care to follow along (find me at ecmiller_partyof5). I will always dedicate my 26 and final mile to my own miracle, my son Kerry.

AWARENESS = FUNDING = RESEARCH = CURE

Kerry is now in remission, but we are still back at MSK every few months for a series of scans and tests to confirm he has not relapsed. This close monitoring will carry on until he is about 7 years old.

When we are at MSK, we see new families who are just beginning the battle. While it may have felt unlucky when Kerry was diagnosed, we soon realized we are extremely blessed because our darling boy was saved through cutting edge therapies that were pioneered by his doctor at MSK. So many families we have met on this journey are not as fortunate and lose their children or who suffer terribly from the harsh, outdated treatments they are given…most of which was designed for and tested on adults.

100% of the money I raise will be dedicated to pediatric cancer research being performed at MSK including research into targeted therapies that have a great deal of promise and will soften the impact on a child’s healthy cells. One-third of the funds will be specifically earmarked for the research and work being done by Kerry’s doctor for his rare cancer. 

No donation is too small because it will add up to make a difference! So, whether you give $10, $100 or $1,000, we are blessed by ANY donation just knowing that you are supporting us in our cause.

THANK YOU sincerely for your support,
Kerry and Elizabeth

$55,000
Fundraising Goal
$56,803
Fundraising Total
Kerry in treatment
Fundraising Honor Roll

 
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