This year I am running the Boston Marathon on behalf of Newton Pride Corporation. The Mission this year is twofold. We are raising funds to assist and support initiatives and programming for veterans and the families of veterans. This includes monthly breakfast-roundtables, the veterans food pantry, bolstering the attendance and theme of the Memorial Day parade and the Veterans’ Day ceremony, continued beautification and care for the designated veterans memorials and burial lots at the cemetery and to provide fun fieldtrips and excursions that build and support comradery.
We aslo strive to raise awareness for veteran PTSD and the suicide epidemic that 22 veterans commit suicide every day. This year, myself, and Shannon Babul are running in honor and remembrance of my father, Sgt. Maj. Todd M. Parisi.