Michael Lisnow Respite Center is a place that provides emotional and physical support for individuals with disabilities and their families.

On April 15, 2013 I will have the privilege of running the Boston Marathon on behalf of the Michael Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton, MA. The center provides a number of programs from weekend camps, to after-school programs, to adult day programs and employment support for persons with disabilities.

I am very blessed to have two wonderful children, Dominic & Sara. When they both were in school full time, I decided it was time to focus more on healthy living. I had never been much of a runner and it wasn't until a few years ago that I decided to really commit to it. It started off as a way to be more active and has turned in to something that I love doing. It gives me time to decompress, ponder things going on in my life and a way to relieve stress.

My very first race was Michael's Run which is in memory of Michael Lisnow whom the center is named after. Michael's Run has become a family event and we have been going for the past 8 years. I have run several other 5k's, a 10k and last year I completed my first half marathon. The next logical step for me was a marathon and living in Hopkinton I had it in the back of my mind that if and when I do a marathon it will be Boston.

I received an opportunity to help out with Michael's Run this year and am truly blessed to have met the most amazing people in the process. Every time I visit I leave with a smile and wonder what else I can do to help. When the opportunity presented itself to be able to run the Boston Marathon on behalf of the Respite Center I jumped at the chance. I had always thought that completing the Boston Marathon was strictly a personal goal but it has become so much more than that.

The money that I raise contributes 100% to scholarships supporting families who are unable to cover the costs associated with assisted care. Please help me support such a wonderful place and extraordinary people. Your generous tax deductible donations are greatly needed and are truly appreciated.

Thank you so very much for your support!!

Stacey

You may either do an online donation or you may send a check made payable to Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center to Stacey Squatrito, 12 Victory Lane, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Please be sure to put Stacey Squatrito - Marathon in the memo area

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