What Motivates Marcy Cook to Run the Boston Marathon?

AMTA Member Marcy Cook is a runner and a cancer survivor, and she's participating in the Boston Marathon with Team Massage Therapy Foundation: Running for Research. Read on to find out what motivates Marcy to run for research.

Marcy Cook Shares Why She's Running for Research

I have been selected to run the 2016 Boston Marathon in April on behalf of the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF). As a massage therapist, this is a cause I hope that you will consider supporting.

I started running five years ago, and I was diagnosed with cancer shortly thereafter. Imagine my excitement on the eve my diagnosis anniversary when I received the phone call that I would be one of the three runners chosen to run the 2016 Boston Marathon on behalf of MTF. It doesn’t get any better than that! I’m five years cancer free and going to run in the Boston Marathon.

MTF strengthens the massage profession by providing research and education for massage therapists, like us, to be as effective as possible. The foundation is able to do this thanks to the support of AMTA and their members. Currently, 39 research projects have been completed on topics that range from migraines, stress, cancer and spinal cord injuries. Learn more about to apply for one of MTF’s research grants.

I have been a member of the AMTA, which founded MTF, since I began practicing massage almost 10 years ago. AMTA and MTF are committed to advancing the massage therapy profession through promoting scientific research and evidence-informed practice.

It is important to me to advance our profession and I hope it is just as important to you. The difficult part of this task will be, by far, raising the minimum fundraising goal of $10,000. So I'd like to ask you to join me in this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Read more about my running story and why this cause is important to the entire massage therapy profession, or make donation!

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Help Marcy and the Massage Therapy Foundation reach their goals by sharing this story on social media using the hashtags #RunBold and #WeRunTogether.

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