Meet the Bay State College Marathon Runners
Good Luck to the Bay State College’s Director of Admissions, Christina LaChance, and Taunton Student, Brendan Chambers who are running in the Boston Marathon!
Brendan Chambers, Bay State College Student
Team: The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s MDA Team Momentum
Bib #: 8758
Hometown: Vernon, CT
Current Residence: Taunton, MA
Number of Marathons: 12 / PR 3:09.40
Post-Race Craving: Varies greatly depending on how well I have prepared
My uncle passed from a muscle disease (ALS) in July of 2013. The following year I came across a MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) tent at the Providence Marathon. It was a great chance to sign up and run for a purpose greater than myself and to help raise money for research to help eradicate these debilitating and sometimes fatal diseases. So, I signed up for Chicago 2014, and haven’t missed one yet. Having the opportunity as well to represent the MDA while running Boston is an honor.”
Christina LaChance, Bay State College Director of Day Admissions
Team: 2019 Mass General Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team
Bib #: 27581
Hometown: Claremont, NH
Current Residence: Wilmington, MA
Number of Marathons: This is my 1st Marathon! I have run 5k races, 10ks, and 2 half marathons
Post-Race Craving: A glazed donut
Running has been a hobby and stress reliever of mine for many years. In 2017 I ran in my first 5k, 10k, and half marathon races. I was instantly hooked and ready to take on a full marathon. My goal was to complete my first marathon in 2018, but I had a major setback when I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in January of 2018.
Mass General has taken great care of me and helped me become a cancer survivor. With this obstacle behind me, I'm determined more than ever now to complete my first full marathon. Running the Boston Marathon has always been at the top of my bucket list so it's an honor to be running it for the hospital that helped me through my cancer journey.
I will be running for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team. Long before my diagnosis, cancer had both affected and taken the lives of too many people who were very dear to me. My hope is that someday cancer will not cause pain or loss in any family. The funds raised from my run go directly to the care and cancer research for the hospital's youngest and most precious cancer patients. Each dollar raised helps improve the quality of life of these children and their families.”
Good Luck Brendan and Christina!