Last Fall I had a mole removed from my back that was malignant melanoma. I was lucky. It was found by accident. I went to see a dermatologist because my back was broken out. IT WAS BY ACCIDENT that they found this mole early! They got it all in time and I am now fine.

If I didn’t have spine surgery this January I would have run the Boston Marathon and raised money for the Mass General children’s oncology division.This was a tough year to be in the Marathon, as you all know. I was lucky there as well.

So, in two weeks I am riding the 200 mile Pan Am Challenge and raising money for fighting cancer at Dana Farber.   The Pan Am Challenge is leading a charge to beat cancer. In fact, last year 100% of rider-raised revenue went directly to support the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s tireless commitment to finding a cure.

Please support my effort with a donation…please, please, please.

Go to the Pan Am challenge site and make a donation:

or,make a check out to the “Jimmy Fund” and mail it to

John Feloni

P.O. Box 186

Boston, MA 02113


Marathon 2013

Posted: May 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

I did not run the Boston Marathon this year. Wow! Thank God.

How often do we get a chance to reflect on life and be thankful? With the death of a loved one for sure. Right? Or any tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombings…or whatever else that is a close call? For sure,


Shouldn’t we take every day to give thanks. To reflect on what we have. To be thankful for the wonderful people in our lives and our good fortune? Do we need tragedies to prompt us to show gratitude for our lives?

I vow to myself to be more attentive to the fact that I am living…that I exist…and everything that that means!

Tomorrow will make two weeks since I completed the Boston Marathon. I hesitate to use the word “run” because although I did run some, I also jogged, skipped (trying to release a cramp), walked, and just about crawled. Because of a nerve being pinched by a herniated disc my left leg was numb and I was in serious pain before I even began the race. And because of my back and leg issue, I actually did not even run ONE mile in training. Not even ONE! I only did weight training and some stationary bike work. Having completed 3 Boston Marathons before this one (1998, 2001, 2009), I knew that coming into the ten mile mark without distance training, my legs were going to burn like hell, so I burned them with weight training. It must have worked, because although I suffered greatly and cramped horribly (my legs totally seized up on mile 11), I ultimately made it.

The purpose of this blog post is to send a message: we can do whatever we set our minds to!. Grind through it! Plow through it! DO NOT accept defeat under any condition! Do what you set out to do, or die trying!

I have a lot of things to get done. I WILL GET THEM DONE!

You do too!

Dig deep, my friends. The reserves you have to get through the tough times will amaze you! Persevere and WIN!

I did it! I finished the Boston Marathon yesterday! It was brutal. The heat was was intense. I had not trained because of nerve issues with my spine that produced a numb left leg. But I made it. On will and spirit.. I did it to raise money for children’s cancer at the Mass General Hospital. Please help if you can. Thank you.

Read my story:

I am running the Boston Marathon a week from Monday on the 16th. It will be the fourth Marathon for me as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon Team. I am raising money for the children’s cancer oncology program. Please check out my story :


Posted: March 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

In 1997, Don Miguel Ruiz came out with a wonderful book that is now a classic in self help literature, The Four Agreements. These agreements are based upon ancient Toltec wisdom. They are a code of conduct to live lives of freedom, happiness and love.

Agreement #2: Don’t Take Anything Personally

“Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”

Read and re-read those words. We constantly subject ourselves to people’s opinions and sometimes live n hell because of it. If we can only understand that none of those opinions has anything o do with us then we can forgive and walk in love and bliss. That is a noble goal to say the least.


Posted: March 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

A couple of weeks ago I sat with a good friend on his birthday. It was a relaxing Saturday morning in a nice Italian coffee shop. Within the space of two cappuccinos we had solved a few of the world’s problems (that was the easy part) and had come to note a few maxims to live by as we went out into the world caffeine-enriched. We were both wrestling with some issues regarding ducks in our lives—you know, those that are continuously quacking no matter what…all you hear from them is “quack, quack, quack.” Quite annoying.

Here’s what we came up with:

1) Take nothing personally
2) Everyone has their own story
3) Forgive, forgive, forgive…they know not what they do
4) To change actions, change beliefs

Sounds simple. Do it!