Boston: Weymouth Councilor Becky Haugh Running the Boston Marathon for a Cause

Weymouth Town Councilor Becky Haugh is running her first Boston Marathon today, and she’s running for a cause.

Haugh is running with the South Shore Health Foundation team. She’s raising funds to support clinical trials taking place at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at South Shore Hospital.

“I’m personally wearing some of the names of people I know who have battled cancer,” said Haugh. “My brother-in-law died when he was 26, back in 2001 of blood cancer. That was the first thing that sparked my interest for the cancer issue.”

She is hoping to raise awareness toward research of environmental factors and why seemingly healthy get cancer.

Haugh has been among those leading the fight against a gas compressor station proposed for the Fore River Basin.

“We’ve done so much research on the natural gas industry, the effects in Pennsylvania and other places in the country,” said Haugh. “We know what the chemicals are that come out and what they cause. I don’t want to see that in Weymouth.”

She’s run three marathons, but this will be her first in Boston. As for what Haugh is looking forward to most?

“I think just the excitement of the course. There’s so many spectators at the Boston Marathon, from Hopkinton to Boston,” said Haugh. “Just knowing you’re doing it for all the people who donated to you. It’s sort of everyone’s marathon, not just yours.”

More information can be found at BeckyHaugh.com/Marathon.

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny left the City of Boston and now lives in Rockland. Lenny has covered both news and sports, from the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com