PITTSBURGH--In a time when research funding for pediatric cancers falls short, Laura Boyd’s Team Odyssey is covering more ground than she ever dreamed.
For the second year, Team Odyssey is running the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon to raise funds for neuroblastoma research and education. The team's goal for 2012 was $8,000.
Instead, heading into the May 6
th race, 51 runners had joined Team Odyssey and raised more than $17,000. That’s compared to 12 runners and $7,000 in the team's first year.
“We’ve had huge growth -- it's been a fantastic year,” said Boyd, whose daughter and son both battled neuroblastoma.
As the official running team of the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation, Team Odyssey was one of about 40 causes invited into the marathon's Run for a Reason program, which provides assistance throughout the year in recruiting runners and volunteers and raising money. That status earns Team Odyssey a booth at the weekend's marathon expo, where runners pick up their race materials and vendors sell goods. The team also will have a race-day presence in the Charity Village, where Boyd hopes to attract additional support.
“There is a lot of traffic, and we will border the Finish Line Festival, so that’s great,” she said. “Being selected as a charity for the Run for a Reason program has been a blessing and an honor. It’s amazing because we were such a small charity when we were selected.”
The Boyds’ daughter, Amanda, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in late 1999 at age 2, has been in remission since 2000. Their son, Adam, who was 10 when diagnosed, just days before his sister, lost his fight with neuroblastoma in 2004.
Laura Boyd forges on, in the hopes of saving the lives of other children with neuroblastoma.
To support Team Odyssey on its 26.2-mile journey, go to www.cncfteamodyssey.com www.cncfteamodyssey.com
. Its Facebook page can be found under CNCF Team Odyssey. Or click the “Donate Now” button on this Web site and select Team Odyssey to show your support.