In 2012, I lost my Dad to cancer. He braved a long and humble fight, starting in 2006 when he was first diagnosed with lung cancer, to the end of his journey when he suffered a relapse and was diagnosed with brain cancer. During this difficult period he also lost our mom after a long illness.

I’ve always been a runner, and My daily run (read this if you haven’t yet!) is only one part of the story. For a long time I was inspired by the idea of running a marathon, but for many years I never really took the steps to make it happen. In 2014 I moved from Paris to NYC, and one of the routines that has helped cement my sense of community and identity as a real “New Yorker” is my daily run along the Hudson River which I wrote about. It gives me the time to reflect, think and plan. What better place to start than the NYC Marathon! That’s what was in the back of my mind.

As you can imagine, having an entry at one of the most famous marathons in the world is not a given. Even as a New Yorker… At one point I tried to get a spot by entering the drawing, but I wasn’t one of the lucky few to be drawn. Another way to gain entry is to run for a charity. That was an option I needed to study further, but if this was the option it had to give meaning to my miles and be a part of my own story.

In 2019, on the 7th anniversary of Papet’s death, I received a communication from NYRR mentioning “Fred’s Team.” Everything aligned and I realized that this was the right time to remember his patience and dignity throughout his long run with cancer by embarking on my own first marathon journey.

That was it! I joined “Fred’s Team” for the first time and pledged to raise money via donation to support critical cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK).

This year I’m turning 50, I have been a new Yorker for ten years and I’ve been running with “Fred’s Team” for five years.

Once again I’ll add purpose to my miles by running with the team and would deeply appreciate any support you can give. There are so many people – loved ones and strangers – fighting silent and hidden battles with cancer. I’m committed to raising as much money as I can to make a difference in their lives.

Every dollar raised is another great stride towards progress. Any gift will give doctors and researchers at MSK the funding they need to achieve groundbreaking discoveries. Together, we can make new and better treatment options possible.

Visit my Fundraising Page where you can make a donation.


With my warmest thanks, Florent ~ In loving memory of Michel Catau “Papet” (1947-2012) and Marie-Noëlle Catau “Mamino” (1945-2008)


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