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Opinion

May 6, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cheers

To Lisa Russell, who ran the Boston Marathon as a representative of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

The finish line was about nine blocks away from the hospital where she received a life-saving liver transplant 23 years ago.

Russell, 32, finished the 26.2-mile race in four hours, 22 minutes and 56 seconds, and was joined by the hospital’s head oncologist, Dr. Howard Weinstein, who cared for her as a girl when she was living in Walton. She raised more than $9,000 for the Pediatric Oncology Unit where she had been treated, she said.

This was her first time running a marathon, she said. The last five miles of the race were a challenge, but the supportive crowd, and her goal, kept her going.

“When the race got tough, I was remembering my own medical history, what I’ve been through, why I’m on the team, how I got here and all the children that are still fighting their battles with cancer,” she said. “The fact that I would see my family and friends at mile 20 kept me going, too.”

As much as she drew inspiration from the crowd and her experiences, her experiences and determination inspire us.

  

To Oneonta Boys and Girls Club Program Director Gary Dilello on receiving the group’s first Living Legacy award.

Club Associate Director Jennifer O’Donnell said the award was created especially for Dilello, who has worked at the facility for more than 30 years.

About 200 people attended the awards ceremony on April 28, and many former members spoke of how much Dilello impacted their lives.

On a video shown at the ceremony, O’Donnell said a lot of people say they want to make a difference in people’s lives, but “you’ve done that,” as evinced by the number who have traveled to attend.

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