Sometimes life has a way of making a left turn out of nowhere. For Tarrah and Damian Zedower, it was last summer when their then two year-old son Caden was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the bone marrow and blood. Caden was an inpatient at Mass General for 10 days then began regular clinic visits for his treatments. Although, he has a long battle ahead of him, Caden is a touch and happy boy with a strong family determined to beat it!
Tarrah was so moved by the level of care that Caden received and their experience at MGHfC that she decided she wanted to give back! On April 20th, she’ll be one of more than 100 runners participating in the 2015 Boston Marathon as members of Mass General’s pediatric cancer team. Tarrah was never a long-distance runner. She ran to keep in a shape, 3-4 miles a few times a week but she was up for the challenge of running 26.2 miles. If Caden could be strong, so could she.
Balancing an already hectic life of a working mom with two small kids – Callie (6) Caden (3), Tarrah faced an extra challenging marathon training schedule thanks to a brutal winter with less than ideal running conditions. But she’s ready for Marathon Monday! “My family will be at mile 20 where Caden’s doctor hosts all of the pediatric patients and their families who have people running for them on the MGH team. This will be my push up heartbreak hill,” says Tarrah.
On Thursday, April 9 at L Street Tavern A Night For Caden will take place at 7pm to raise funds for Mass General Hospital Hematology and Oncology team and to show support for Tarrah as she rallies to run the Boston Marathon for her son Caden! All are encourage to attend this fun night out!
If you can’t make A Night for Caden, you can show your support by visiting: https://www.crowdrise.com/massgeneralboston2015/fundraiser/tarrahzedower and making a donation!
Go Tarrah go!