Team Gilda Marathon 2019

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Mary Connolly

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I learned about the powerful impact of the Gilda's Club mission over 10 years ago while serving as the CEO of Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sqbTtduz-s&t=9s). I was inspired every day by our members and how much they achieved while living with cancer.  

It wasn't until 2014 however that I truly came to understand the importance of social and emotional support in addition to medical intervention. It was then that I was diagnosed with a stage 1 breast cancer.  While I survived, my husband - dealing with depression and anxiety most of his life - did not. He died by suicide about 6 weeks after I completed my last radiation treatment. If only he could have been convinced to seek support at Gilda's Club.

Running has for over 20 years helped me deal with stress. It helped me cope with my diagnosis and survive after my husband's death. Running the Chicago Marathon for me is another life-affirming endeavor. I am forever grateful that I can run - and more grateful that I can use this sport to create awareness and raise money for such an important mission. I am fundraising for Gilda's Club Chicago to help make a difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer. To learn more please visit www.gildasclubchicago.org. 

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