5 Boston Charity Runners Tell Their Stories

Malinda Ann Hill

Age: 46
Lives in: Wynnewood, PA
Charity: Alex’s Lemonade Stand

For the second year in a row, Hill will be running Boston to raise money for cancer research and patient and family support. Last year, she joined her twin sister Leah—a seasoned Boston runner—and participated in the marathon for the first time. She ended up raising $5,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Leah’s brother-in-law and the sisters’ grandmother both died of cancer. This year, Hill hopes to raise $1,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which was started by 4-year-old Alexandra Scott, who died of neuroblastoma in 2004. “Alex’s Lemonade Stand is very close to my heart since I’m the bereavement coordinator at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” Hill shared. “I know how important it is to fund childhood cancer research.”

She also continues to be inspired by how a little girl achieved so much in her short life. By age eight, Alex had raised $1 million for cancer research with her lemonade stands. The organization has since raised $150 million for cancer research. “She demonstrated how one person can inspire so many to work together to make a difference,” said Hill. 

Hill will also compete in Boston this year as an official time qualifier. After 11 attempts, she finally hit her age mark at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon, running 3:46 to qualify. “My number one goal for Boston is to enjoy every step from Hopkinton to Boylston Street,” she remarked. 

For more info on her fundraising effort, visit Alex’s Lemonade Stand

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