Kohler resident running for cancer research Running in the Boston Marathon® to raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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BOSTON – On April 15, Kohler resident Michael Pellegrino is running to conquer cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team in the 123rd Boston Marathon®.

Along with more than 500 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world, he will run Massachusetts’ historic marathon  route from Hopkinton to Boston to raise $6 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

This year marks the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) team’s 30th annual running in the Boston Marathon. One hundred percent of the money raised by DFMC goes  to Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research that supports promising science research in its earliest stages. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge has raised nearly $93 million to date.

In 1990, Dana-Farber was among the first charity organizations to be recognized by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A), which organizes the Boston  Marathon. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team offers its members extensive fundraising support, training guidance from 1976 Boston Marathon men’s champion Jack Fultz, and team training runs, plus volunteer opportunities for non-runners. Dana-Farber Marathon  Challenge runners who are not time-qualified for the Boston Marathon receive an invitational entry into the race.

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners include cancer survivors and patients, and family and friends of those who have been affected by cancer. Each team member must  fulfill a basic fundraising commitment:

Invitational runners, runners who receive their entry from Dana-Farber, have a fundraising commitment of $5,000. Own entry runners, runners who have joined the DFMC after obtaining their own race entry, have a fundraising commitment  of $4,000.

A cornerstone of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge is its Partner Program. Each year, approximately 50 current and former pediatric cancer patients of Dana-Farber’s  Jimmy Fund Clinic are paired with DFMC runners as “Patient Partners.” For the young patients, their partnerships with the runners provide a unique and friendly focus outside their illnesses. Another two dozen Partner Program families are paired with runners  through the “In-Memory Program” in remembrance of their children’s brave struggle with the disease.

To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, visit RunDFMC.org or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at (617) 632-1970  or dfmc@dfci.harvard.edu. Follow DFMC on Facebook:
facebook/marathonchallenge. On Twitter: #RunDFMC.

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