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Why I Run - Seacoast Cancer 5K

By Jane Vanni, cancer survivor

A few weeks after my 39th birthday, my life stopped —and started again thanks to the Seacoast Cancer Center at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

I am a Physician Assistant and Dietitian. I’m an endurance triathlete, skier, outdoor enthusiast, and devotee of taking care of myself. I was having a routine breast exam when my doctor asked, “Has this always been here?” She had found a mass.

The next week was a blur of ultrasounds, biopsies, waiting, and appointments. At the end, I was sitting in the parking lot by myself, and I called my mom and finally started to cry. As I underwent surgery and chemotherapy at hospitals far from home, I realized my life was on hold.

When I was choosing a cancer treatment center for my radiation therapy, I visited many hospitals, but when I walked into the Seacoast Cancer Center I realized I didn’t need to travel for my care. I wanted to be home. My life might be different during treatment, but I could continue to work, care for my two labs, and be with my friends.

At the Seacoast Cancer Center, everybody knew me, and they were warm, compassionate, and friendly. The treatment I received was personal; it was exceptional.

One day before a treatment, I picked up a brochure for the Seacoast Cancer 5K. I said, “I can do this!” I needed to get back to my life. I needed to start somewhere.

On September 23, I finished my radiation therapy and rang the special bell on the wall that all patients ring when they finish their treatment. Two days later, I ran the Seacoast Cancer 5K. I ran with two good friends and the support of many that day, raising nearly $2,000 for cancer care right here in the Seacoast region.

I support the Seacoast Cancer Center because I want to give back to the place that provides such exceptional cancer care for patients in our area. You don’t need to travel to have access to life saving therapies offered at larger city hospitals. We have that care right here at home.

My life had stopped. I just had to restart it again. And I did, thanks to everyone at the Seacoast Cancer Center.


Join us for the 4th annual Seacoast Cancer 5K on Sunday, September 24, 2017!

Jane finished the 2016 Seacoast Cancer 5K just two days after completing her cancer treatments at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Seacoast Cancer Center. She was joined by nearly 2,000 people who together raised more than $250,000 -- making the Seacoast Cancer 5K the largest 5K in the area that benefits local cancer programs.

You can help cancer patients this year by participating in the 2017 Seacoast Cancer 5K on Sunday September 24. You can register as a walker or runner… you can make a donation or be a virtual participant… you can join a team or start your own. Every dollar you raise helps cancer patients at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Seacoast Cancer Center – right here in the Seacoast. 

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