The Michael Lisnow Respite Center is a place that provides emotional and physical support for persons with disabilities and their families.
We are the Fab 5, a group of 5 friends training together to run the 2013 Boston Marathon while raising money for a fabulous charity: The Michael Lisnow Respite Center. What started as a weekend running group for a few '30-somethings' to stay in shape has taken on new importance as we have challenged ourselves to train and have committed to raise money for The Center.
Jeff Wright: As a naive teenager twenty years ago, I told my father that I would run the Boston Marathon before I turned 30. Now well past 30, I had been thinkng that I should at least follow through on half that promise. Little did I know that a great group of friends would decide this winter that it would be a good idea to run an insane amount of miles on Sunday mornings in frigid weather. Somehow that evolved into learning that a fantastic charity had a few numbers available. After much discussion, questioning why I would do such a foolish thing and learning more about the tremendous impact the Center has on so many lives, the challenge was accepted. As I get older and everything is harder to do, I'm grateful to my wife and two boys for supporting me and giving me the chance to cross the trek from Hopkinton to Boston off my bucket list.
Jenn Richardson: I've seen first-hand how hard it is for families raising children with disabilities. On school vacations, I offered a bit of respite for a fellow teacher-caring for her son, Corey, while she took a few days off. I was amazed by how challenging and rewarding caring for him could be and knew that his family worked that hard every day. So, running the marathon this year for the Center has special meaning for me. I've run four marathons, but this time I'll be thinking of Corey and all the families our fundraising will help.
Brian Lang: I'd never thought of myself as a marathoner-most of my runs were just around the block with my dog, Napali. And, asking people for money is not something I'm comfortable with, but now that I've challenged myself to run 26.2 miles and raise money for the Respite Center, I know that all those miles and the fundraising are worth it. Lots of families will benefit and I'll get to say I was a part of making that happen. I'll also get to call myself a marathoner, which is pretty cool.
Kerry Walker: I'm a busy working mom of three even-busier boys, stealing hours from the day to get it all done. So at first training for a marathon seemed ambitious but like too huge a commitment. But after talking to the founder of the Center and hearing more about the services they provide, there was no way I couldn't join the cause. Each morning as I get up way too early to sneak a run in before the morning routine of bus stops and pre-school drop-offs, I remind myself how luck I am and how proud that our efforts will enable the Center to continue to help other families. Training alongside friends makes even those 15 degree days running in the snow enjoyable (well, almost)
Jenna Gomes: I'm a Hanson mother of three who has enjoyed running off/on for many years. I've run several road races and even a half marathon, but never imagined running a marathon. All of that changed when we started running together in the early morning hours before our crazy days began. As short runs became longer runs and we started meeting up with others for even longer runs, my confidence increased with my ambition. When given the opportunity to join Michael's Miracle team, I felt that such a wonderful organization which impacts the lives of so many would be the perfect inspiration for my first marathon. I look forward to raising awareness for the Center and supporting the mission financially.
Created out of love, the Respite Centerwas founded in 1994 by Sharon Lisnow (mother to Michael) and Mary McQueeny. Michael was born 16 weeks premature, weighing just over a pound. His joy and determination gave his family stregth. At 10, his fight ended and the idea for the Center was born. It provides much needed respite to hundreds of families. (IRS 501c3). www.hopkintonrespite.com
With your support, The Fab 5 will not only meet -but exceed-the goal we've set. Each dollar goes directly to the families who are unable to cover the costs associated with assisted care. Thank you!