Ilana Herzberg accomplished two goals in October—running the Chicago Marathon in memory of her father and posting a personal best time. She increased her fundraising annual total for NETRF and finished the race in 3 hours, 39 minutes, a personal best. NETRF thanks Ilana for her energy and commitment to helping NETRF.
My father passed away from carcinoid cancer when I was sixteen years old. Since then, I’ve continued to ask myself how to honor my father’s life in a meaningful way. Last November, I challenged myself to complete my first marathon in New York City in order to raise money for this awful disease. I heard about NETRF and raised over $3,500 through emailing, calling, and social networking. I was overwhelmed with excitement that I was able to raise this amount to fight neuroendocrine tumors! Fast forward to 2016 — I decided to continue my fundraising mission and marathon training. On October 9th, I ran in the Chicago Marathon and raised over $4,100 for neuroendocrine tumor research. As a result, I’ve exceeded all expectations and raised a total of over $7,600 the past two years. NETRF provided me, my family and my friends the opportunity and means to commemorate and remember my dad’s life. I’m hopeful that one day, through research, neuroendocrine tumors will be entirely curable. Until then, I’m grateful for the dedication and mission of the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation and will continue to support it in any way I can.Ilana Herzberg