From donating bone marrow to a first visit to the U.S., employee runners from across the globe
share the moments that make up their journey to the Boston Marathon finish line.

The past few months haven’t been easy for runners training in harsh North American winters.
But each step, each long run in the snow or rain, each donation are moments that keep
John Hancock’s Employee Training Program (ETP) runners moving forward.

In honor of John Hancock’s 2017 Boston Marathon theme – Make It Your Moment
ETP runners share the moments that make up their journey to the finish line.

Kerry Tubbs
Sr. Marketing Project Manager, Signator Investors, Inc.
Boston, MA

How did you get your start in running?

When my wife and I found out we were going to be parents with my son Ian, I made a decision that I wanted to set a healthy example for him.

At the time I was overweight and out of shape, so I started dieting and exercising. Running was an activity that I could fit easily into my schedule. I come to enjoy the challenge of improving my personal bests for time and distance, and am looking forward to running my first marathon this April.

When it comes to the Boston Marathon, how will you Make It Your Moment?

I was inspired to enter the Boston Marathon by my son, Ian. He’s on the autism spectrum, and he motivates me to be a better person every day. He approaches life with such curiosity, determination, and joy that he puts a smile on the face of everyone he meets.

Ian loves watching the Marathon every year and cheering on the runners, and I look forward to the moment when I see his face light up as he sees me out there running, too. That’s also why I’m raising money for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism – so others affected by autism can get access to care, lead more active lifestyles, and grow toward adult independence.

You recently took a brief break from training to donate bone marrow to a patient with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Can you tell us a little about that experience and how it contributes to your motivation to run the Boston Marathon?

About the same time I found out I had been selected in the ETP lottery, I also learned I was a match to donate bone marrow through the National Marrow Donor Registry for a patient battling Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. I donated on Jan. 4 and had to wait a few weeks post-donation to resume physical activity and get back into training. It was a tremendous experience and I was humbled to have the opportunity to give this gift to someone. If you are between the ages of 18-44 and interested in becoming a donor, visit to join the registry.

During the long, cold training runs and on Marathon Monday, when I’m starting to wear down and my muscles are screaming, I’ll have no shortage of inspiration to keep me moving. I’ll simply think of the challenges faced by Ian or others affected by autism, or I’ll think of the person I helped with their battle against leukemia. I’ll know that my challenges pale in comparison to theirs and that will be all the motivation I need to push me across the finish line.

I already have so many experiences to help me Make The Boston Marathon My Moment, and I’m sure there will be many more before and during race day.

What has been your favorite Boston Marathon memory?

I love to watch at the finish line as people come down Boylston and realize what they’ve just accomplished. There’s such a range of emotions, and it’s different for everyone. It’s so inspiring to watch.

Jessica McMillian
HR Service Solutions Specialist, Manulife
Waterloo, Ontario

How did you get your start in running?

I have always been very active. I grew up playing competitive softball and played varsity softball at University. I started running cross-country in elementary school and now I run to stay active and get a break from grad school and work. My dog loves running with me too.

I have never run a marathon and am so excited that the Boston Marathon will be my introduction to this distance.

When it comes to the Boston Marathon, how will you Make It Your Moment?

I am thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Boston Marathon! My boyfriend, sister, and niece will watch me cross the finish line this year and I couldn’t be happier to be sharing my moment with them.

What is your favorite Boston Marathon memory?

So far, it has been running in the rain and snow, and getting through those runs that I started out not wanting to do at all.

The training program has been a challenge, but I have seen positive results in both my physical and mental health. I couldn’t be happier that I was selected for the ETP this year.

Troy Kipuw
Head of Risk Management for Manulife Asset Management Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia

How did you get your start in running?

I ran my first 10k in 2014 and went on to participate in a few half marathons over the next two years.

I ran my first full marathon – the Mandiri Jakarta Marathon – in October 2016. It was absolutely unforgettable and enjoyable – even while running through heavy rain and hot weather during the race.

This year I will tackle my first Boston Marathon and I am so excited.

When it comes to the Boston Marathon, how will you Make It Your Moment?

The Boston Marathon will give me my first opportunity to visit the United States, so I’m sure I will have many incredible moments!

My wife plans to come to Boston with me and the fact that I know she will be at the finish line cheering me on is definitely motivation to complete the race.

What is your favorite Boston Marathon memory?

When I told my friends in the running community that I have the chance to participate in the Boston Marathon, they were jealous. Some of them even asked if there were any job openings at Manulife! It made me realize that I am very lucky to work for a company that provides this opportunity and I vow to give my best effort on race day.

What does #BeBoston mean to you?

The road to Boston is winding, but it is filled with inspiring moments that move us forward.
Moments that wouldn’t happen without the support of family, friends, and coaches. Some moments lift you up.
Some knock you down. But, all of them together show us what it means to #BeBoston.

Make It Your Moment. Share your photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using
#BeBoston throughout the marathon season. Whether you are a runner, a volunteer,
or a spectator, the moments you collect will forever connect you to the greatest race on earth.

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