SANDOWN — Sarah Peck, 28, of Sandown will run the 41st annual Falmouth Road Race on Saturday to support cancer research as one of more than 200 runners on the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute team.
This will be Peck’s first Falmouth Road Race. She runs in honor of her mother, who survived thyroid, breast, and skin cancer but still does not consider herself a survivor.
Peck also runs in memory of her good friend, Klayr Heiseler of Haverhill, Mass., who lost her battle to cancer in 2006 at the age of 45.
She also runs the Falmouth Road Race as a member of Team Lanzoni. David Lanzoni lost his life to cancer and was a colleague of Peck’s through their employer, 99 Restaurants. The team was started to honor Lanzoni’s life and to help others battling this disease.
Though she didn’t know Lanzoni or his family, for Peck, running on Team Lanzoni is a way to pay tribute to Lanzoni, her mother, her friend, and honor their fight against cancer while supporting others in their battles.
“I run for those close to me, living or deceased. I run for those who have stepped into my life briefly but left a big impact,” Peck said. “And I run for those I’ve never met, whose lives have never impacted mine. Because although I’ve never felt their spirit firsthand, I can witness it through those who had the opportunity to know them. Who do I run for? It’s simple, I run for anyone and I run for everyone. Cancer touches everyone in some way. I run to do my part in helping Dana-Farber and the rest of the world achieve the ultimate goal of a world without cancer.”