Teacher runs first marathon to honor cancer-survivor student

You could say she went the extra mile — or perhaps 26 — for her student.


The Boston Marathon looks a bit different this year, but that wasn't stopping this teacher from doing something wonderful for her former student. When Blake Thomas was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2016, his teacher, Shari Grosso, tutored him during his treatment.


"She's been great, she tutored me when I was going through cancer treatment. She's been alongside me throughout the whole process," Blake, now 18 and cancer-free, said.

Shari's run raised money for Massachusetts General Hospital, where Blake was treated.

"At one point I was like, ‘I can't do this.’ And my son is like, ‘Mom, you gotta do this.’ And then we were talking about Blake. So if Blake can do it, I can do it," Shari said after her run.

It wasn’t easy, but this teacher certainly went the extra mile for her student — 26 miles, in fact!

Will Shari do it again?

"One and done. No! One and done. Childbirth was better. One and done," she joked.