Alumna Helps Raise $5 Million for Cancer Research

May 11 2017
Category: Alumni

Community service is a cornerstone of the Elmira College experience. Recently, alumna Katie Knott DePrimo '08, an anthropology and sociology graduate, demonstrated that this innate spirit of service and giving does not stop at commencement.

As a charity runner in the 2017 Boston Marathon, Katie and her team helped raise more than $5 million for cancer research.

The Office of Alumni Relations recently caught up with Katie and she gave us the details…

Katie DiPrimo
Katie Knott DePrimo '08 (right) with her friend and teammate.

What organization did you run and fundraise for?
I ran with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team, a team of over 500 individuals, who have all, in one way or another, been affected by cancer. We're a team of survivors, children, parents, siblings, and loved ones of cancer patients.

Not only did this team train and run Boston, but we also raised money for the Claudia Adams Barr Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston which supports innovative, basic cancer research; research that without individual philanthropic dollars would not be funded. 

Why did you run?
I ran in memory of my father, Ed Knott, who lost his 18-month battle with brain cancer 15 years ago, when I was only 15 years old. Although my dad was not treated at Dana-Farber, the research they do has immense, positive impacts on every cancer patient and family around the world. 

How did you train for this 26.2 mile run?
I logged over 500 training miles from early December through April. The DFMC team had group runs in the Boston area every Saturday beginning in mid-December. We ran in snow, sleet, rain, sun and even one 65 degree day about a month before the marathon. 

How was your race day experience?
On Monday, April 17, on the hottest day of the year thus far, myself and the DFMC team ran the Boston Marathon with my dad, and countless other friends, family members and loved ones in our hearts, guiding us along the 26.2 mile route from Hopkinton to Boston.

I raised over $10,600 dollars for cancer research, and as a team, we raised over $5 million dollars and counting. We reached our finish line in 2017, but we still have yet to reach the ultimate finish line…a world without cancer. 


After graduating in 2008, Katie continued her education at Elmira College earning a Master of Science degree while working as a graduate assistant in the Office of Alumni Relations. Currently, she is the associate director of annual giving at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

Congratulations to Katie and her team!

Katie DiPrimo

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