Uzo Aduba of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black" poses backstage with her award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles

 

Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba who won an Emmy and SAG Award for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix hit show, will be running the 2015 Boston Marathon on April 20th. According to a recent People magazine article, Aduba will be representing the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, one of the charity organizations recognized by marathon organizers, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A).

April 14th will mark the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing that turned an 118 year old statewide and nationwide tradition as well as the “world’s oldest annual marathon ranked as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events,” into a nightmare in just minutes. For the native Bostonian and Boston University graduate, this is more than just a chance to run a marathon it’s personal. She states,

“It feels like the right thing to do… It still feel pretty raw, and with [the trial] it almost feels like a Band-Aid getting pulled back again. That’s where I grew up, where I learned what a marathon even was … to be a part of it, it feels particularly special.”

She also comments,

“Running the Boston Marathon has been a lifelong dream, and I am proud to be supporting Dana-Farber as I make this dream come true on April 20. As someone who grew up outside of Boston, I’ve always respected Dana-Farber’s groundbreaking work in cancer research. I’m honored to be a member of their team, helping to raise money to further this work so that one day we may all live in a world without cancer.”

Uzo is short for her Nigerian name, Uzoamaka, which means “The road is good.” “Quick lesson: My tribe is Igbo, and you name your kid something that tells your history and hopefully predicts your future,” states Uzo in an Improper Bostonian interview. Hopefully, this year’s Boston Marathon will be just that…” a good road,” unlike last year’s tragedy.