Name: Brooke Barsanti
Number of marathons: Second time in the Boston Marathon, second marathon overall.
Who are you running for?: In 2008, my dear friend Evan Nicholson died of leukemia. Shortly after, I became involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This will be my fourth year working with LLS and second year running with Evan’s name on my singlet. LLS is an amazing organization and resource; I urge families and friends dealing with blood cancer to connect with LLS. It’s a lifeline. Since my time with the organization, I’ve seen how many millions of lives are touched by blood cancer. Thus, I run and fundraise because I have the ability to do so. It’s how I make a difference.
Why is it important for you to run this year?: This will be my second year attempting to finish Boston. Due to the events of last year, I was unable to cross that finish line. I’ve been asked ‘Why do you run?’ more times than I can count. The answer is simple, but I can only answer in three parts, as all are equally important. First, I run because it challenges me more than anything else I do. Whether I’m running 3 miles or 20, you can bet there are minutes, sometimes hours, when I tell myself, ‘All this pain can stop if you just walk,’ but I never do. The reward of persevering through those difficult moments is what keeps me lacing up. Second. I run because I can. And third, in 2013, the Boston Marathon was harmed by acts of hatred. So many people robbed, of lives, limbs, friends, family or a finish line. It was a sad and scary time, but much like a runner, Boston refused to stand down. The 118th Boston Marathon will be the biggest and best of all. I’m running because there is no act of hatred that is scary enough to stop me from completing what I’ve started.
A perfect race day for you would be: It’s supposed to be cloudy in the mid- to low 40s.
For more information on how to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit Barsanti’s page at http://pages.teamintraining.org/ma/boston14/Barsanti.b.