November 02, 2016
BENEFITING: IMPACT Melanoma
ORGANIZER: IMPACT Melanoma
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. It has been ten years since my mom has passed from melanoma and now I want to raise $10,000 to honor her...
I am running for the Melanoma Foundation of New England for my mom and for my sons. My mom, Kate Ridge, has been the greatest inspiration in my life. She was a fabulous special education teacher, coach, friend, and parent. She instilled important values in me that I try to pass on to my own children and fourth grade students. Her passion, perseverance, strength and commitment to community service are what motivate me today.
Why now? In 2008, just following my mom's death, I ran to raise funds for MFNE, and now, ten years since her passing, I run to continue to honor her spirit and to attempt to show my young boys the strength and perseverance that my mom embodied for me. As a teacher I am passionate about the importance of educating people about sun safety. The money I raise will help the Melanoma Foundation's mission of education and prevention of this disease and to support families that been been affected by it.
Why Boston? The Boston Marathon route is entwined with memories of my mother and our family. She grew up in Newton and was a graduate of Boston College's Lynch School of Education. As a child, we'd make the trip back to Newton every Patriots Day to watch the runners. The Boston Marathon is an important touchstone in my life that connects me to my mother. The same can be said for my husband, Brendan. Although he is not a runner :), his family also made the annual pilgrimage to watch the race with extended family in Newton. He has also been affected by melanoma when his aunt Jane McDaid, another incredible woman, passed away from the disease.
Please join our family in supporting this worthy cause.
Melanoma Foundation of New England wrote -
The Melanoma Foundation of New England's mission is to reduce the incidents of melanoma through education, prevention and support. MFNE hosts a range of educational programs to spread awareness. These programs include Your Skin Is In, a program teaching high school and college students the importance of protecting their skin and dangers of tanning; The Skinny On Skin, educating beauty professionals to recognize potential melanomas on the head, neck and scalp of their clients; and Practice Safe Skin Sunscreen providing free sunscreen to communities for their beaches, parks, sports fields and more. MFNE also offers support for patients and their caregivers through support groups and its one-on-one Billy's Buddies program. All programs are free!
Team Running for Cover is running the 2017 Boston Marathon to raise awareness about the importance of protecting your skin and funds to support MFNE's mission. Thank you for your help!