Alum Melissa Hoey (‘10) Runs 4,000 Miles for Cancer Patients

Nashoba Brooks School alumni Melissa Hoey (‘10) ran 4,000 miles across the country this summer from San Francisco to Boston for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF).
UCF is a Baltimore-based organization that ensures no young adult faces cancer alone by providing a community for patients and their families both during and after treatment.

“I chose this organization because I have had family and friends in my life affected by cancer. I wanted to do something in their memory, and make a difference in the lives of other young adults.”

Melissa, whose love of running began on the Nashoba Brooks track team, ran this summer with a team of 24, visiting hospitals, treatment centers, and homes for patients. Donations from local communities covered food and housing expenses and, as they stopped in these communities, they got a chance to meet new people, many of whom were cancer survivors. “One of my favorite parts of the trip was sitting down each night after a long day of running with a complete stranger from a town I had never even heard of and, after a couple of hours and a shared meal, walk away feeling like I had made a friend,” Melissa stated.

Melissa says that her time at Nashoba Brooks School taught her the importance of giving back and being kind. “It became part of what I valued, and I really fell in love with all sorts of community service during my time at Nashoba Brooks.”

“I think the most important takeaway I had from this experience was that it doesn't take a lot of effort to make a difference in someone else's life and it is always worth it.”

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Nashoba Brooks School is a coed Lower School from Preschool to Grade 3 and an all-girls Middle School from Grades 4 to 8 located in Concord, Massachussetts.