On April 16, Nicole Kuhnly, a 2012 Granby Memorial High School graduate, will be running in the Boston Marathon for the first time. One of the reasons Kuhnly decided to run in the Marathon is to honor of her late paternal grandmother, Z, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2016.
“She was my biggest cheerleader, so I am thrilled to be running for her,” said Kuhnly.
Kuhnly is also running for Hannah, a two-year-old patient, who is battling leukemia at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. Since Kuhnly works at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, she is also running in honor of all of her patients and all of those affected by cancer.
“I am honored to run for such a wonderful organization and I’m excited to run for all of those battling cancer,” Kuhnly said.
Kuhnly has been getting the word out about her run by posting it on social media and via word of mouth. She is holding a fundraiser in Boston to help promote the cause to her colleagues.
The Dana-Farber group coach put together a training plan for Kuhnly and her team to follow. It consists of four to five days of running, one day of rest and one or two days of cross training. Kuhnly is doing some sort of training most days of the week.
Kuhnly is raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Kuhnly’s goal is to raise $10,000 and all that money raised goes directly to cancer research.
The Boston Marathon was established through the Boston Athletic Association, whose mission is to promote a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge raises funds for the Barr Program research, which is an initiative at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. To date, the Dana-Farber team has raised more than $85 million for innovative cancer research. All of the donations support the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
“Cancer has played a significant role in my life and I am dedicating my career to helping those affected by cancer so I could not think of a better forum to fundraise and run the Boston Marathon,” Kuhnly said.
To donate to this cause, please use the following link: runDFMC.org/2018/nicolek.