Picture it: 2006. My sister was running in another Boston Marathon race and that year, my parents and I decided to attend our first race as her super fans. From the moment we entered the city of Boston, I immediately felt embraced by the locals along with the feeling of excitement for all of the runners. Unless you've ever been to Boston for the marathon, you will never quite understand this. So when the bombings happened in 2013, it touched me deeply, mainly since my sister was running in the marathon that year. Luckily, she wasn't injured. Physically anyway. She had mental obstacles to overcome but was able to go back to Boston in 2015, running for the Spaulding Rehab charity team (who dealt with many of the injured from the bombs). I was there as her proud sister and cheerleader. And that's when I first heard of the 261 Fearless organization. Their mission is about women supporting women through running. And empowering women, world wide. It hit me hard because I had often not been supported by other women. In fact, quite the opposite. I was immediately drawn to how positive 261 Fearless sounded. And it was. I became an ambassador for the organization and when I attended the Boston Marathon in 2017, I was able to meet many women involved with the group, along with Kathrine Switzer herself. My sister was not running in the marathon that year, so she was able to tag along with me and we had a blast! In the fall of 2017, I became a volunteer coach for the Girls on the Run organization, at Rogers Elementary school. Little did I know how much I would learn from my 3 seasons of coaching the girls, but it was one of the most rewarding things I've done in my life. I was again a cheerleader for my sister at the 2018 Boston Marathon. We've come to know this to be our sister weekend since we love the race, the city and the people so much. In 2020, not only will I be running in my first Boston Marathon, but my sister will be running it for her 13th time. Running has always been a big part of our lives. We ran one season of cross country together in high school and have done several road races together, including my first half marathon back in 2013. So this marathon has a lot of emotion tied to it for me. Your donation will mean more to me than you'll ever know.