Joanne Pomeranz
2013 Zoo New England Marathon Runner

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      “A big reason why doing the Boston Marathon is important to me is that I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Although I am in NED (no evidence of disease), there may come a time when I cannot run. Now is not that time. The Boston Marathon has always been on my bucket list and I could not pass up the chance to do this. I am very grateful to be part of the team.”     

            - Joanne Pomeranz


      Joanne Pomeranz’s favorite animal has always been the anteater, so of course her favorite Zoo New England animal is Franklin Park Zoo’s Jockamo the giant anteater. She is a longtime fan of the Zoos and participated in the Jonathan Gilmour Memory Ride a few years ago. Joanne’s family has always loved the Zoos, too. Her father, Richard Easler, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's in his 50s, and her mother would often bring him to Stone Zoo with his grandchildren, allowing her a break from the constant supervision he needed. Both Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo gave him a few moments where Alzheimer's did not exist.


      Joanne attended the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Rivier College for Nursing. She has been a board certified family nurse practitioner since 2001 and is currently working in a federally funded healthcare for the homeless clinic in Nashua, NH. She is a mother of two children, Adrielle and Cambria, and has three cats at home, Sirius Black, Xing and Chesire.


      Joanne considers herself a casual runner. She's ran twice for the Semper Fi Fund, which raises money for injured Marines and their families, and she gives all her medals to Medals4Mettle, an organization that gives medals to children going through cancer treatments. 



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