Nearly 20 years ago I was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Polycythemia Vera. Shortly after my diagnosis I moved to Connecticut and have been treated by the great team at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale. 30 months ago my disorder turned into Leukemia necessitating a bone marrow transplant. I am now 25 months past the successful transplant and although I am still dealing with minor issues, I am back to living a full life. This past month I was able to correspond with my life-saving donor and have been able to fully return to my running form. On October 13th 2018 I plan on running the Hartford Half Marathon. Myself and students from The Hartt School (Team Hartt) are running to raise money for two important causes. The first is for Bone Marrow Research and the second is for The Hartt School Masterclass fund which brings world-class artists into the Hartt School to present masterclasses for our students. If you are interested in donating to either or both causes ($13 suggested donation to both-2$ per mile) the links are below.