Hopkinton's Michael Lisnow Respite Center provides emotional and physical support for persons with disabilities and their families

So what’s the point? That’s what I was thinking exactly one day to the year I decided to drop weight and get in shape AKA my “fativersary.” Sure I dropped over 40 pounds, could fit into a size 32 jeans again, and could jog an easy 5 miles but what was the point. Well I had done it for my health I told myself. I want to be able to keep diabetes at bay and spend as much time as possible with my beautiful wife and watch my kids grow up and see their kids grow up and so forth. Yeah that’s true but it doesn’t get you out of bed at 5am to run in complete darkness with a headlamp and reflective gloves… So I thought more and realized I did it to have more energy! Yep being motivated in outside sales with two mortgages and kids to send to college I need to have as much energy as possible. There is no denying I have more energy. Nope still not getting me to have a salad for lunch everyday… Then I thought some more and realized the only way to do something like this is for bigger reasons. Reasons bigger than me and bigger than my family and my problems.

I live a charmed life- as a friend of mine tells me whenever I complain – “man you got Cadillac problems, you’re lucky enough to not know real problems.” And I grin and agree and shake it off. That’s the point- there are people in this world that have real problems and they don’t have the means to deal with them. People like me and you with the love, means, energy, and health need to give back.

I discovered the Michael Lisnow Respite Center almost immediately when I moved to Hopkinton. They are in the downtown area , sponsor a 5k road race, and always are cheering on whichever Boston team made it to the finals. Born out of love, the Respite Center was founded in 1994 by Sharon Lisnow (mother of Michael who died at 10) and Mary McQueeney. Michael was born 16 weeks premature, weighing just over a pound. Michael fought just as hard as he could until he could no longer fight. The mission of the Respite Center is to create a home away from home for children and adults with disabilities. It is a place that offers time off for parents from the emotional and physical care needed by their children. However, unlike other worthy charities where millions are raised through various means, the Respite Center’s main funding for the year is derived from the Boston Marathon charity program. 100% of the money I raise will have a direct impact on improving the lives of children with disabilities and their families. Please help me achieve my goal of raising $5,000 for this worthy cause.

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