Rowing and Running have had such a positive effect on my life. I want to make it possible for those that might not otherwise get the chance.
Four years ago, I set a silent goal for myself. Run the Marine Corps, Chicago, New York and Boston Marathon in four years. I can’t remember why or how I came up with this goal, other than I was inspired to run and I liked the idea of proving to myself that I could achieve something that seemed difficult- almost impossible- at the time.
Three years later, I’ve achieved three of those four milestones. I’ve had an amazing experience and received my finisher’s medals with pride. Recently, I heard how difficult it had become to get into the Boston Marathon- even to run for a charity- nearly impossible! This summer, I still reached out to some organizations, but I didn’t hear back, so I figured my dream was not going to happen. In the interim, I decided to quit my job and move across country, so my quiet goal slipped into the distance without much recognition on my part. A small voice in the back of my head reasoned, it just wasn’t meant to be.
Fast forward to this week and I received an e-mail: “Congratulations! We would like to offer you a Boston Marathon Number to run for our G-Row Boston Team.” Well, that e-mail hit me like a thunderbolt! I instantly became so excited, inspired, energetic, and positive. I remembered how important it is to set goals for yourself and work towards achieving them. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I was going to do it. It was meant to be.
My charitable organization, Girls-Row (G-ROW) Boston www.growboston.org resonates especially with me. G-ROW Boston is a community rowing organization that teaches and empowers girls to row. G-ROW Boston is the first rowing program designed specifically for girls in the Boston Public Schools and reaches over 200 girls each year! It provides girls with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to learn to row and compete on the Charles River. The culmination of the fall season is participation in the world famous Head of the Charles Regatta. For the past several years, G-ROW BOSTON has been the only Boston Public School entry. But, G-ROW is more than just rowing. At a critical, turning point in their lives, girls are taught that they can achieve a nearly impossible goal. In the process, they gain self-confidence, achieve personal growth, and learn discipline and teamwork. The girls practice three to four days per week throughout the school year and the program also provides mentors, an academic support program, and college advising through a partnership with The Bottom Line. To date, nearly all of the program’s graduates have gone on to college.
So…..now I am going to raise $4,000 in 110 days (by March 30, 2012)!!! Yikes, that seems extremely difficult, but I truly believe it’s going to happen. Help me prove that it’s possible! It’s the little things that add up, so any support you can provide, be it a $1 or just forwarding this page on to friends/family you think might be interested, would be greatly appreciated! Don't forget- corporate matching programs can double the impact of your donation too.
With your support, I truly believe I can do it!
Thank you for helping me achieve my goal, spread positive energy, support G-ROW Boston, and enable Boston girls to achieve their dreams!