I am running the 2013 Boston Marathon for the MCL Respite Center that provides and care for those with special needs.
Having been stopped at mile 20, and crossing the finish line one cold Saturday morning competeing with traffic, I am committed to finish my fundraising. There is only a little bit more that I have to raise, and I hope that you can help me reach my goal.
I will run again, in fact I'm already training for Boston 2014. I thank you for your support and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the different that you are making in the lives of these families. Below is the note I have had up here from the beginning. My reasons for running have not changed, but now I run stronger, faster and with more purpose to show that I am not afraid to keep on running.
I am excited to be running my 5th marathon, my 4th Boston marathon and my 3rd marathon raising funds to support the MCL Respite Center. In the fall of 2008 I decided I wanted to run the Boston Marathon. I wanted to run for a charity that was going to support folks with issues near and dear to my heart. When I visited the Respite Center website, I knew I had found my charity!
In early summer 2008 I started running. Why? Because I had just gotten divorced and it seemed like a good idea! My passion for running has developed from then on and coincides nicely with my passion for helping people.
In September of 2008 my friend Ali called me to say that her 9 year old special needs daughter had been diagnosed with Luekemia. I left work and went over to Children's Hospital in Boston to be with the family. From then on I spent Saturday and Sunday nights with Olivia to give her parents a break, or a RESPITE. She was not a normal child because she could not communicate how she was feeling and it was important to the family to have someone there the whole time that she was going through chemotherapy. I was with Olivia the night that they moved her to ICU and a few days later she passed away. Ever since then Olivia has been my inspiration to get up and run because I know she is running with me, something she could never do here on earth.
Even before Olivia I had always had a special place in my heart and I continue to help out where I can. I cannot babysit or provide care for all of the families that I know with special needs kids and adults, but the Respite Center can help to meet many of those needs. The work that they do is SO important and I will continue to be an advocate for their program. I hope that you will consider donating to my fundraising efforts. 100% of the money I raise goes directly to helping families afford services that they normally would not be able to.