Santa Monica native Julie Weiss will run to conquer cancer as a
member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team in the 118th Boston
Marathon on April 21.
Weiss, along with more than 700 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge
teammates from across the United States and around the world, will run
Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston with a
goal to raise $5.3 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer
This year marks the 25th annual running of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge.
One hundred percent of the money raised by the Dana-Farber Marathon
Challenge team funds Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in
Innovative Basic Cancer Research.
The Barr Program supports cornerstone science research in its
earliest stages, providing researchers with critical resources to test
their leading-edge ideas.
Findings from Barr Program research can provide the results necessary
to seek additional federal funding as well as novel clinical insights.
Since its inception in 1990, the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge has
raised more than $61 million for the Barr Program. Dana-Farber Trustees
J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver founded the Barr Program in 1987 to
honor Mrs. Weaver’s mother, Claudia Adams Barr, who lost her battle with
cancer 30 years earlier.
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
Runners of all abilities participate with the goal to help put an end
to cancer. Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team members must meet one of
the following fundraising commitments:
Invitational runners, runners who receive their entry from Dana-Farber, have a fundraising commitment of $4,000.
Own entry runners, runners who have joined the DFMC after obtaining
their own race entry, have a fundraising commitment of $3,500.
To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, go online to www.RunDFMC.org or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at 617.632.1970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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