West Roxbury's Kathleen Hubbard will be running the 41st annual Falmouth Road Race this weekend on Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s team for her parents, who have both been affected by cancer.
Hubbard, 40, is running for her mom and dad, Mary and Ross Birch. Mary is an ovarian cancer survivor, and her father has been battling prostate cancer for six years, and his fight continues daily. She wants to raise money for the cause in their honor.
Hubbard said her father’s experience at Dana-Farber has been "unbelievable because of the amazing doctors and nurses that have truly supported him throughout his treatment." Last autumn Kathleen’s mother celebrated five years of being cancer-free.
“As I get tired I will think of my parents, and especially what my father has been through these past few years. If he can handle what he’s handled, then I can certainly finish this seven-mile race,” said Hubbard.
Hubbard along with more than 200 Dana-Farber teammates from New England will run the 7-mile race with a goal to raise $450,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
100% of funds raised go to the Jimmy Fund, which solely supports the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.