Running for Bill at the NYC Marathon
When Michael Gosselin first heard of his brother Bill’s diagnosis, he was in shock.
With a background in biological sciences, he knew he would be the one to explain the logistics to his mom, Bill’s wife and his brother’s four children.
Bill was diagnosed with oral cancer in May. Yet, the family remained hopeful, despite the extreme pain their husband, father, brother and son was feeling. Though unable to swallow food, Bill attended his daughter’s graduation from college in Vermont and continued to work to support his family until he was no longer able to do so.
Life has changed for the Gosselin family this year. The family has always appreciated everything that came their way. However, they began to see things in a new light.
“I always treasured my family moments, but I found myself being more ‘conscious’ of the moment and the significance of sharing those moments with family than I previously would have,” said Michael.
In honor of his brother, Michael decided to join Team V at the TCS New York City Marathon on November 2. His hope was for his brother to be cheering him on in Central Park, and together they would celebrate his bright future.
Unfortunately, Bill’s life was cut short on September 21. After his cancer returned, Bill had decided to try an experimental approach, but due to the aggressive nature of his condition, he never got the chance.
“Although Bill will not physically be with me on November 2, he will still be with me in my heart every step of the 26.2 miles and every second of every day from here on out,” said Michael.
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