Dom Franceschelli

Dom Franceschelli shows off his running bib with picture of his son Joey on it. (Photo by Elaine Cushman Carroll)

A year ago, Domenic Franceschelli had never run more than two miles at a time even though he was always inspired by those who ran the Boston Marathon in memory of his son.

About this time last year, Franceschelli said he had a dream about Joey, who died of cancer at age three and a half, that changed everything.

“Joey came to me in a dream about a year ago. We were playing baseball and he said to me, ‘Dad, are you going to run?’ I didn’t know exactly what he meant but I took it that I should run the marathon,” he said in a recent interview at his home.

Franceschelli started training and at age 62 recently completed the Boston Marathon with a team from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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