“My dad is my best friend.”

T.J. Dye’s eye is on the Boston Marathon® finish line after joining Team Lahey to raise money for cancer care in honor of his late father.

“I’m so excited about helping fight cancer in any way possible,” T.J. said. “Raising this money means the world to me. I’m trying so hard, it’s almost like another job for me. It’s actually more important than my real job.”

The fact that the money is benefitting Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is even more meaningful for T.J. His uncle is Lahey’s own Roger Jenkins, MD, a pioneer in liver transplantation and an internationally renowned surgeon. Dr. Jenkins is the man for whom Lahey’s own transplant institute is named. He made sure T.J.’s dad got referrals for the best cancer care he could get.

The other member of T.J.’s support system is Warren Ferris, his Team Lahey teammate and friend since they went to high school together more than 15 years ago in Salem, New Hampshire.

“You can’t get rid of me really,” T.J. said with a laugh.

This isn’t T.J. and Warren’s first marathon. They trained for and ran the Charles River Marathon together in September 2019. 

“It’s good to have support because sometimes it gets a little daunting,” T.J. said.

That marathon was an accomplishment, but Boston is their dream race. As for T.J., knowing the work he’s doing will help cancer patients like his dad will help him make it to Boylston Street in April.

“He just meant the world to me,” T.J. said. “My dad is my best friend. He always will be.”