Part of Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team, DiPhilippo is Running for Longtime Softball Coach Dave Canan
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Women's soccer assistant coach Jessica DiPhilippo '15 will be part of a small group of Babson College alumni in a field of more than 32,000 runners to take part in the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday.
A four-year standout for the women's soccer program from 2011-14, the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boylston Street will mark the second time in three years that she has competed in the Boston Marathon. She raised over $8,000 for the Expect Miracles Foundation in 2017 and was empowered to run for an even bigger cause this time around, which included supporting Babson softball coach Dave Canan, who was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in the fall.
Already approved to run as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team, DiPhilippo called the idea to run for Dave "serendipitous timing". "I had received my approved application back from Dana-Farber when I found out about Dave's diagnosis. Over the course of the next few weeks, I heard he was receiving his treatment at Dana Farber and I thought what a better way to support him through this hard time than to run in his honor," she added.
The show of support for one of Babson's most respected coaches, who is in his 20th season as head softball coach and just completed his 21st season as an assistant coach with the women's basketball program, has been overwhelming according to DiPhilippo. "After the announcement, I received a rush of softball, women's basketball, and soccer alumni putting forth donations and offering to spread the word through their own networks. The Babson alumni network is already so strong that connecting alumni from multiple programs to Dave and the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute made the cause even more powerful.
"I also received a message from his daughter, Blaire, that mentioned Dave's family was so happy to know others in the athletics department care to do something like this for someone else," added DiPhilippo.
As one of 480 members of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team that includes runners from 35 states and six countries, DiPhilippo has had plenty of support preparing for her second Boston Marathon. She has already surpassed her minimum goal by raising over $5,300 and still has more than a month to work toward her personal goal of $10,000.
"Thankfully I know what expect from Marathon Monday so this time around I'm more relaxed and less anxious," commented DiPhilippo. "Being part of the Dana-Farber team provides a huge layer of inspiration and empowerment, and running in honor of Dave and receiving so much support from those that care about him has made the journey to this year's marathon unforgettable!"
In addition to DiPhilippo, the list of known former Babson student-athletes taking part in this year's Boston Marathon includes:
|Carlo Araujo '18||Men's Soccer||Dana-Farber|
|Elena Bartholomew '18||Field Hockey||Last Call Foundation|
|Colleen Beggan '18||Women's Soccer||MGH Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team|
|Jill Chaffee '14||Field Hockey||Dream Big!|
|Mike Fisher '14||Men's Soccer||Esplanade Associate's|
|Matt Holtshouser '18||Men's Ice Hockey||Boston Medical Center|
|Kelly King '14||Softball||Dream Big!|
|Madison Klonsinski '18||Women's Volleyball||Dream Big!|
|David Lennon '18||Baseball||MGH Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team|
|Emma Locke '13||Women's Lacrosse/Women's Soccer||Qualified Runner (3:28.24)|
|Katie McKenna '17||Women's Lacrosse/Women's Soccer||Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation|
|Mary O'Connor '15||Women's Basketball||Project Hope|