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Running for research: Auburn natives enter Boston Marathon to support cancer institute

Auburn native Cathy Troisi will be 72 next month, and on April 16 she will “do” the Boston Marathon course for her 50th time.

“I never say the word ‘run,’ I say ‘do’ marathons,” she said. “The marathon scene for me, is when I feel most me, or at least the me I think I was before my daughter was diagnosed and everything that happened in the next two years.”

Troisi’s daughter, Kim Troisi-Paton, was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 35.

That’s when Cathy, who then lived year-round in Seneca Falls, packed up her belongings and moved to Cohoes outside of Albany to be with her daughter and two grandchildren.

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