By Bradley Koltz
Bethel Cinema owner Pam Karpen has been running in the Boston Marathon and raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for 14 years. This coming April 15 will mark her 15th year doing the fund-raising run.
She began running with her sister Deborah as a way to process the loss of their sister Jennifer 15 years ago.
Since that time other family members have had to face a cancer diagnosis and undergo treatment. Some, like her niece Michelle, had positive outcomes. Some, like her father, fought for years before finally succumbing.
Pam runs and raises funds in honor of them as well as the people who contribute to her fundraising efforts. She writes the name of each honoree on herself before the marathon as a way of focusing on why she's training and running 26 miles each year, as she says "as long as my body would let me."
Pam explains herself on her fundraising page this way: "I want to raise a lot of money in the hope of finding a cure. So please - give what you can. No amount is too small. And, maybe one day, no one will need to receive a dreaded diagnosis."
As of this writing, Pam has raised over $2,750 toward her goal of $15,000.
She has until April 15, when she will once again lace up her running shoes, write the names of loved ones lost and loved ones still fighting cancer, and the names of her sponsors' loved ones too, and run 26 miles and conquer once again Boston's Heart-break Hill, trying to help others never have to face the heart break of losing a loved one to cancer.
Those interested in supporting Pam can find links to sponsor her run and also buy movie posters, with all proceeds going to Dana-Farber, at the Cinema website at: bethelcinema.com