Couple to run in marathon, raise money for cancer research

BOSTON (WPRI) – A local couple who have been battling cancer together plan to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon to raise money for cancer research.

Tim and Kirsten O’Neill of Narragansett are getting ready to run their first marathon in April. Both were diagnosed with cancer just months apart, and will be running on the Dana Farber marathon challenge team.

“I was diagnosed with Leukemia in January of 2007 after my wife had been diagnosed with cancer in October of 2006,” Tim explained.

Kirsten is now a survivor and Tim is currently undergoing treatment as part of a clinical trial at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

“I just feel really fortunate that my husband is well enough to run and that I’m well enough to run and being cancer survivors and showing other people that are possibly going through treatment right now that it’s possible to get well and that it’s possible to be healthy and strong,” Kristen said.

The inspirational couple will be part of a group of 700 runners who are raising money for the Dana-Farber marathon challenge.

This year also marks the first anniversary since the Boston Marathon bombings.

“Personally I just feel so lucky to be able to run with the group of people that weren’t able to finish last year,” she said.

Since its inception in 1990, the Dana-Farber marathon challenge has raised more than $61 million.

To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, go online to RunDFMC.org or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at (617) 632-1970 or dfmc@dfci.harvard.edu. Follow DFMC on Facebook: www.facebook/marathonchallenge. On Twitter: #dfmc25