2023 Marathon: Danielle Goodwin for whynotdevin

Above: A Southborough resident is again part of a Boston Marathon team raising funds for the fight against a devastating pediatric cancer. (contributed photo)

[The Boston Marathon always includes a pack of runners from our town. Between now and Patriots Day, I’m featuring stories of resident runners donning bibs for a cause]

Danielle Goodwin is running again as part of a team whose ultimate goal is to “end DIPG” (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an incurable, aggressive pediatric cancer). In the meantime, they are helping to provide aid and support families families facing the diagnosis.

The whynotdevin foundation advocates:

Life should be a marathon. DIPG kids only get a sprint. Help us make a difference one step at a time.

The cause is personal for Goodwin, whose friend Christine Suau launched the non-profit named after her son Devin who lost his battle against DIPG.

In 2019, when Goodwin first ran for the cause, I shared information on the six year old who had inspired a community to become “Devin’s Army”, fighting to make a difference for him and others with DIPG. You can read about that here.

This will be Goodwin’s 4th time running the 26.2 mile race in Boston. For the 2023 team, the charity’s website promotes:

The Boston Marathon has become one of our biggest fundraisers and a great way to raise awareness. Boston is one of the toughest marathons to run, but as as a team, we can do anything. The sea of green that lines the entire course and high fives and shouts of encouragement from Devin’s Army will inspire you.

To support the fundraiser, click here. To learn more about the cause, click here.

[Note: If you are a Southborough resident using the Marathon to raise funds/awareness for a cause, please reach out with your information. Email mysouthborough@gmail.com.]

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