Nate Erwin grew up outside of
Like most people, Erwin’s life has been touched by cancer. When Erwin was five years old, his maternal grandmother died of pancreatic cancer. At that young age, he remembers little of his grandmother other than the cancer. His paternal grandmother battled various cancers all her life and died when Erwin was 25. To quote Erwin “My life so far has been bookended with cancer losses, and I’m sure it’s not the end of it.”
Recently, Erwin took time out of his busy day working in
When asked if he’s always been a runner Erwin’s response was: “The first time I ran, really ran, was when I was in sixth grade running the mile in gym class. I barely finished and it took me about 18 minutes. Most people can walk a mile in 18 minutes. That experience made it clear to me that I needed to change my lifestyle. I started running competitively in High School, spending my freshman and sophomore years on the cross country team. I stopped running during my sophomore year to pursue more activities in the arts.” After moving to
When asked what it takes to train for the Boston Marathon Erwin’s response was: “I used to hear people say ‘If I can run a marathon, anyone can do it’, and I wouldn’t believe it. Now I find myself saying the same thing. It’s not easy; it’s a lot of work, and mostly its dedication and sticking to your plan.” Currently living in
Why run for Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) Team? Dana-Farber is one of the world’s most renowned cancer research institutes. In 1990, the DFMC teamed up with the Boston Athletic Association B.A.A as one of the race’s first charity organizations. Since that time DFMC has raised over $43 million dollars for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2009, with the marathoners running through
There are over two dozen charitable organizations that have teamed up with the B.A.A. to run in the marathon. “I chose Dana Farber because I believe strongly in what they are doing. The particular program I’m raising money for, the Claudia Adams Barr Program, grants funds to researchers who are often denied funds from regular government and private grants because either they are new to their field or they are pursuing research considered unproven. I believe that contributing to this program in particular will help support breakthroughs in cancer research” Erwin said.
Erwin has set up a donation page at: http://www.rundfmc.org/2010/natee. You can donate to his run online or the website provides instructions for printing and mailing a donation form with a personal check. Donations can be mailed to Erwin at: Nate Erwin, Measurement Arts Management,
Erwin also states that “volunteers are needed over the next two and a half months to support training in and around
In closing Erwin says “I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t in some way been touched by cancer, so we are all aware of the impact it has on us. I’m afraid some times we get so used to it, as a fact of life, that we lose sight of all the work going into finding effective treatments, prevention, and hopefully, eventually eradication. It’s important to keep supporting, as it’s something that affects us all.”
Photos courtesy of Nate Erwin.