Brian Sheehan and David Richter have personal reasons for co-chairing the first Everyday Amazing Race, which will benefit research and care at the Mass General Cancer Center.

Brian Sheehan vividly recalls riding an emotional roller coaster in 2005. He and his wife, Lisa, were eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child that June. But a few weeks before the due date, Brian’s mother Barbara learned she had stage I breast cancer.

Brian Sheehan
Brian Sheehan

“I was shocked and devastated, and both my parents were scared out of their minds,” Mr. Sheehan says. “They grew up in an age where cancer was viewed as a death sentence. While Mom’s prognosis was good, you couldn’t ignore the fact that it was still cancer.”

Brian, his sister and their parents soon began exploring treatment options. Their research led them to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Mrs. Sheehan underwent successful treatment and, 12 years later, is an active 75-year-old who remains cancer-free.

A Deeply Personal Cause

Sadly, though, Brian and Lisa have both lost family members to cancer. As a result, cancer has become a cause dear to their hearts. For this reason, Mr. Sheehan is pleased to serve as co-chair of the first annual Everyday Amazing Race, which will raise funds to support lifesaving research and care at the Mass General Cancer Center.

The Everyday Amazing Race will take place Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston. Participants in this family-friendly event can choose from a kids’ 100-yard dash, a 2K walk and a 5K run.

“Losing someone I loved was a really hard thing, and I want to help prevent others from having to go through it.”

Both individuals and families are welcome to participate. You can visit the event page to learn about the event schedule, fundraising goals and more.

The Best Place for Care

Joining Brian as co-chair of the event is David Richter. The two men have known each other since their days as fraternity brothers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the early ’90s.

Up until six years ago, Mr. Richter considered himself lucky because his immediate family had never been directly affected by cancer. But then in 2011, his brother Jake was diagnosed with stage IIIB melanoma, which can be a particularly aggressive form of cancer.

In his pursuit of the best possible care, Jake left his home in the Caribbean and moved to Boston to undergo surgery and subsequent treatment at the Mass General Cancer Center. Despite the extraordinary efforts of his care team, Jake passed away in 2012. Just 47 years old, he left behind a wife and two children.

David Richter
David Richter

“While Jake couldn’t be saved, there are a lot of others who can be,” Mr. Richter notes. “I’ve decided to co-chair the Everyday Amazing Race because I want to align myself with the best place in the world for cancer treatment.

“Losing someone I loved was a really hard thing, and I want to help prevent others from having to go through it.”

Everyday Amazing Race Goal

With the Everyday Amazing Race just a few months away, Mr. Sheehan and Mr. Richter are doing all they can to make the event a success. Their goal is to attract at least 500 participants and guests this first year.

“I encourage everyone to come be a part of this,” Mr. Sheehan says. “It’s a chance to feel good about doing something in memory of those we have lost, in honor of those who have survived and for those who haven’t been touched yet but could be one day.”

To register for the Everyday Amazing Race, please visit our website.