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Race Completed

April 21, 2016

posted on April 21, 2016 by Kyriakos Economides The 2016 Boston Marathon was pure misery: My feet hurt, my knees hurt, and with the gels I was taking during the run, my reflux was acting up, so my chest hurt and I felt nauseated for almost the entire race.  My training was derailed once by the flu and […]

“I Can’t Believe this is Really Happening…”

April 4, 2016

posted on April 04, 2016 by Amanda Foisy Those are the words I managed to mumble to Dan Wilkens, my Running for Rare partner, around mile 12.5 last year; I couldn’t believe I was about to complete my first Half Marathon. A few minutes later, Dan grabbed my hand, and we were crossing the finish line together. […]

Shauna and her Rare Disease – Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome

March 28, 2016

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Laurie Sperou I’d like to start with a heartfelt Thank You to the Running For Rare runners, patient partners, volunteers, NORD, UDN and everyone else who is involved in this community. Our family has made so many friends and bonds in these past three years….it is hard to put into words […]

Being Resilient and Happy

March 22, 2016

Posted on March 22, 2016 by Martha Staples I am so honored and excited to be running in the 2016 Boston Marathon to raise money for NORD. My patient partner this year is Sarah who is diagnosed with fibromuscular dysplasia. As we’ve gotten to know each other, I’ve been inspired by her strength, resilience, and positive attitude. February 29 was […]

It Starts

March 8, 2016

Posted on March 08, 2016 by Emily Burke Last Monday, I participated in the Sanofi Genzyme Running for Rare Disease Day Relay. I ran from my Westborough, MA office building to the Framingham site. The run was 6.9 miles; the longest run of my training for the May 1st Providence Half Marathon so far. In the past […]

Staying Focused

February 13, 2016

Posted on February 13, 2016 by Jason Dunklee This week I missed 5 days of training in a row due a to combination of factors – work, being tired, Run4Rare fundraising, kids waking up in the night, and just not feeling like getting up early. I don’t like missing training days and I find that each day […]

Life is a Marathon

Posted on February 13, 2016 by Sarah Yang It has been just over 5 years since Madi was diagnosed with CCHS. Initially we were overwhelmed, and just could not digest our future, but most especially her future. How will she tell friends? How will she meet “someone” ? How will she live on her own? Or […]


January 19, 2016

Posted on January 19, 2016 by Sarah Yang There could be no better day than today to introduce myself as part of the Running4Rare Boston team. But, before I tell you the importance of this date, I’ll tell you a bit more about myself. My name is Sarah, and I’m a mom of three amazing children. I […]

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