Harrie Bakst was 22 years old when he was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare salivary gland tumor. During his treatment, Mr. Bakst came to rely on the expertise and support of his doctors, nurses, and fellow patients. Completing treatment meant that it was time for him to move forward.
Just five months after his last radiation treatment, Mr. Bakst ran his first New York City Marathon with his brother, Richard Bakst – who recently trained as a radiation oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering – and other members of Fred’s Team to support head and neck cancer research. Mr. Bakst went on to found the sports philanthropy firm Carnegie Sports & Entertainment, and has run six marathons with Fred’s Team.