Marathon runners help researchers, patients and students
"My parents inspired me to have a special interest in raising money for cancer research," says Dozier Owens, who is on the staff of the Syracuse Community Health Center. Her parents, Wilson and Mary Weatherly, died of cancer. Her father died of prostate cancer in 1993, her mother of colon cancer in 1999.
"She didn't do the screenings," laments Dozier Owens.
How did Dozier Owens start running? "Seven years ago, I lost 60 pounds and started running as part of staying healthy,” she explains. “I ran my first marathon at Disney World in 2006."
Today, a little over a week after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, what's on her mind? "There will never be another run where I don't think about those who lost loved ones or had loved ones who were injured," says Dozier Owens. "I can't imagine their heartache."
The Boston tragedy isn't stopping Dozier Owens. She's training for the Lake Placid Marathon to be held on June 9. It will be her ninth marathon.