It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Carol.

Carol Chaoui is extraordinary in so many ways. She’s pretty much a superhero. Her powers are vast and include taking care of her family, managing a non-profit foundation, running like the wind, co-directing a charity road race, and fighting her cancers.

Charity_Running_ProgramCarol Chaoui is a longtime runner. In fact, her first date with her husband, Amin, was a two-hour run in Switzerland. Running calms Carol and allows her to channel her thoughts and energy. It makes her feel in control.

In 2009, Carol was diagnosed with invasive stage three breast cancer. She had a mastectomy and powered through intensive chemotherapy and radiation. Five years later, on the fifth anniversary of her breast cancer diagnosis, Carol learned she had invasive stage three thyroid cancer. She underwent a total thyroidectomy, followed by radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment.  Carol was then diagnosed with a stage four metastatic breast cancer recurrence in August 2015, and five months later, metastatic thyroid cancer. She continues to be treated at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and will undergo surgery for her metastatic thyroid cancer in May.

Charity_Running_ProgramCarol’s oncologist, Dr. Eric Winer, helps to navigate her intensive metastatic breast cancer treatment plan. She also has a team of doctors that are treating her metastatic thyroid cancer. Everyone at Dana-Farber helps Carol to channel her inner superhero to approach treatment with determination, strength, and a bit of humor.

Through it all, Carol has kept running. Over the past six years, Carol has completed seven marathons, including four Boston Marathon® races. If only there were a way to bring together her love of running and the Dana-Farber mission…

Charity_Running_ProgramIn the midst of treatment, Carol discovered Run Any Race presented by Saucony. Run Any Race grants runners the opportunity to choose any race, of any distance, anywhere in the world, and raise funds that benefit Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. Carol realized that she could once again run her beloved Boston Marathon, and this time she would raise money to support her doctor’s research focusing on metastatic breast cancer.

Charity_Running_ProgramWith clearance from Dr. Winer and an official race entry from the Boston Athletic Association, Carol has jumped back into her training for the Boston Marathon. She finds running therapeutic, and uses it as time to let everything go, simply listening to the sound of her feet hitting the pavement.

RPRAR162681_Carol_Chaoui_Comic_BlogPost_M5In true superhero fashion, Carol has sewn a red cape to the back of her Dana-Farber running jersey. On Marathon Monday, she will fly along the course.

Carol continues to see Dr. Winer for her metastatic breast cancer and her team of doctors for her metastatic thyroid cancer treatment. She defies all odds with her energy and strength.

RPRAR162681_Carol_Chaoui_Comic_BlogPost_M6We’re honored to have Carol run for Dana-Farber. She’ll always be a superhero in our eyes.

Join Carol by signing up to be a part of Run Any Race presented Saucony and learn more about how you can harness your inner superhero and race toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.

Katherine McIsaac
Assistant Director, Development Communications