About the Mary O’Brien Memorial Run

In November 2002 the Pilotte family lost our mother and grandmother to cancer, and for the past thirteen years, we have hosted the Annual Mary O’Brien Memorial 5K for Cancer, known as M.O.M.’s RUN, held on Mother’s Day in her honor. Mary (Pilotte) O’Brien was a longtime Somerville resident and was involved in many local organizations throughout her life dedicating much of her time to helping others.

We continue Mary’s legacy by making this effort to help others and hopefully save lives. A full 100% of the funds raised by M.O.M.’s Run benefits the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, widely recognized as one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind. Not only does the event enforce the need for supporting cancer research, it brings family and friends together to promote awareness for the health and wellness benefits of walking and running.

We make it a family business to reach the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.  In the past 17 years, M.O.M.’s Run has raised over $230,000, all to the thanks of thousands of runners, countless volunteers, and generous sponsors.  We’re gearing up for 2020 to be our biggest year yet!  Not only are we putting on M.O.M.’s Run, but we have family running the Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge.  Be sure to cheer on Kara as she pursues 26.2 miles on April 20th!