2014 Boston Marathon runner: Karyn Feinberg Clarke

Above: Resident Karyn Feinberg Clarke will be running this year in support of two causes she cares about: Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Boston Marathon. (Photo from her fundraising page)

On the anniversary of last year’s tragedy, it seems especially important to remember that many of the people running in the race participate for something larger than themselves. 

So here is the story of another Southborough resident who will be running on April 21st. Karyn Feinberg Clarke is raising funds for Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Here is her story:

Life. Giving. Breakthroughs.

These three words evoke what Brigham and Women’s Hospital is all about. Their mission centers around life—discovering new treatments for disease across all disciplines and disease areas and improving the quality of life for patients and their families, locally and globally.

Too many of my friends and family have been affected by deadly diseases. My grandmother, Jeanette Goldberg, died from ovarian cancer and she did not get the type of care she should have received. One of my best friend’s Dad, Mark Sweig, passed away from kidney cancer that metastasized and took his life after only about 4 months from his diagnosis. The three year old son of a friend of mine has had to fight Leukemia for 2 years of his life. Most of you probably have unfortunate similar stories. With the type of research BWH is doing, I hope that one day people won’t have to suffer and/or pass away way too early, like so many of the people that already have. I want to try to do anything I can to help prevent our generation and our children’s generation from experiencing these horrible stories of suffering and early deaths and BWH is here to try to make that happen.

At last check, Karyn had raised $5,232 towards the $7,000 goal. If you want to help, you can donate online here.

This is Karyn’s first marathon. She was recently interviewed by the Community Advocate about her training and motivation. She explained that the marathon attracted her because it gave her a way to support two causes is one: BWH and Boston Strong:

I grew up in Dartmouth and have lived [in Massachusetts] my entire life, so there is a special place in my heart for Boston and the Boston Marathon. I want to show my support for this city in any way I can. About 26 victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last year were taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and all left the hospital alive.

You can read the full CA interview here.

[If you’re running the Boston Marathon and would like to have your story featured, drop me a line at mysouthborough@gmail.com]

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