Athletes to Run for Breast Cancer Research in Boston MarathonThe Breast Cancer Site
The 2014 Boston Marathon fast approaches and teams are preparing for the run. Scheduled for Monday, April 21, the marathon weaves throughout the city and draws a huge crowd (nearly 40,000 runners). For this reason, teams reach out to supporters to raise money for a variety of causes. This year, you can donate to Remember Betty, an organization that funds breast cancer research.
Betty Wood passed away in 1999 after battling breast cancer. Her son Danny, who is a member of the New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) band, wanted to preserve her memory. Her struggle prompted him to begin the Remember Betty organization to raise money for research and early detection of breast cancer.
NKOTB returned to stages in 2008, giving Danny a larger platform to spread breast cancer awareness. The band sold merchandise to bring in funds, and Danny later recorded a solo album in honor of his mother. All the proceeds of "Stronger: Remember Betty" went to breast cancer research.
So far, Remember Betty has raised $1.2 million and has 140 racing teams in 20 countries. A Remember Betty team will be running in the Boston Marathon in April, and they want all the support they can get.