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Karen DiCamillo's Boston Marathon 2021 - let's honor her!

Stacey Geldin

Stacey Geldin


We are coordinating this fundraiser in honor of our friend, longtime MCRRC member and committed XMP'er, Karen DiCamillo. She is supposed to run the Boston marathon in person on October 11, however, due to her health she made the devastating decision not to go. Instead, we are bringing a Boston experience to her and we would also like to raise $2,620 to support the Ulman Foundation, an organization which continues to be close to Karen's heart.

Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer in Fall 2016 after a routine mammogram. She underwent chemo, surgery and radiation. In the Spring of 2017, Karen capped off her cancer treatment by running the Boston Marathon. She had qualified to run prior to her diagnosis and the thought of running Boston really kept her going during treatment. Her training was hampered by her treatment, but Karen was encouraged by friends to run/walk anyway. In April 2017, Karen kicked cancer and celebrated by completing the Boston Marathon!

Karen once again qualified for Boston prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, last Fall, a pain in her arm led to doctor’s visits and tests and the shocking discovery that cancer had returned and metastasized.

One of Karen’s favorite activities is to run marathons as running is a great stress relief for her. She also enjoys welcoming cancer survivors to running through the Ulman “Cancer to 5K” program. Karen joined the “Cancer to 5K” program as a participant in 2017 during her treatment. She liked the program so much that she became a coach and has been coaching since 2018.

She thought she could show cancer who’s the boss AGAIN by running the Boston Marathon on October 11. However, this time things are different. Whether it’s the cancer or her current treatment, Karen is struggling on runs. After much thought and discussion, she made the difficult decision to pull out of the in person 2021 Boston Marathon. So, instead, we are bringing Boston to her on Saturday, October 9 and hope if you are in town you will join us for any number of miles you wish to run/walk. Karen will run/walk what she can and her friends will complete the rest to get her to 26.2 miles.

We hope you will join us with a donation in Karen's honor. The funds raised will directly support programs such as:
- Cancer to 5K - a free program for young cancer patients/survivors
- Ulman House
- Patient Navigation / Remote Navigation
- Support Groups & Meetups

Thank you so much for your consideration and honoring Karen!

Stacey Geldin and Kristen Kelman

Each year more than 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Young adults (ages 15-39) face a variety of unique challenges with a cancer diagnosis including social isolation, fertility preservation, insurance concerns, delayed diagnosis, and survivorship.

The Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman is able to provide free services and resources for the young adult cancer community through programs that focus on patient support services, housing, survivorship, and scholarship. Learn more about young adult cancer and our impact here.


raised of $2,620 goal

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