At 51, Ilisa Clark is participating in her first B.A.A Half Marathon to raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, an organization that she says saved her sons life. Ilisa’s son, Bradley, was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma almost 18 years ago.
“I am forever indebted to the incredible, compassionate and self-less caregivers at the DFCI and Jimmy Fund clinic who saved the life of my infant son almost 18 years ago,” said Clark. “My son graduated high school in June and now is a freshman in college -- because of the treatment and care at DFCI.”
An avid runner in her twenties, Clark participated in the Boston Marathon on multiple occasions. “This is the first race I have done in 25 years,” said Clark. “I have done the Jimmy Fund Walk for many years and this Spring I hope to raise enough funds to run the Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber.”
“As I am running this year I will be thinking about all the people who made a difference every day, while Bradley was receiving treatment,” Clark explained. “All the kids he knew on the floor who weren’t lucky enough to make it and the fact that research has helped increase the cure rate of the disease.”
Each of the more than 650 Dana-Farber team members are committed to raising at least $500 to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber.
“I want to be a part of the solution,” Said Clark.
Dana-Farber’s B.A.A. Half Marathon team is one of many ways runners can support the lifesaving mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Participants can run on an official Dana-Farber team, or run in any race, of any distance, in any city, while raising funds for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund.
Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have partnered with the B.A.A. in the half marathon for eleven years. During this time, runners on the Dana-Farber team have raised more than $3.5 million to fuel lifesaving discoveries. To support Ilisa Clark in the B.A.A. Half Marathon,