While the marathon has been postponed until Monday September 14, Zachary Brewer, our very own in-house web engineer, will still be running in support of Courageous Parents Network.
All proceeds will support the work we do at CPN, and our mission of empowering parents caring for children with serious illness through video, shared community, professional guidance, and palliative care.
Following this mission, Zach has been hard at work ensuring that our platform remains a constant for our network in a time of so much uncertainty. He is continuing to improve the CPN experience by making sure that families feel supported and engaged when it is so easy to feel isolated and alone.
You can continue to make his efforts meaningful by supporting his marathon run. Please see below where Zach shares why he runs.
Why I am Running
In 2013, my wife and I were hired by Blyth Lord, Courageous Parents Network’s Founder, to design and build the first version of the organization’s web site. I immediately recognized that Blyth was someone with a strong vision and big, ambitious ideas, ever guided by the organization’s mission: to empower parents caring for children with serious illness through video, shared community, professional guidance, and palliative care.
As a new father, I found the work of Courageous Parents Network (CPN) to be at once extremely difficult to take in emotionally and profoundly necessary. As I began building the platform, I found myself engrossed in the video library and the parent stories. I was so deeply moved by the intense honesty and courage of the families who faced what seemed to me, unimaginable. And more, in awe of their ability to come out the other side, touched in way more human.
As the project progressed, I had a sense that I was helping grow something new; something that hadn’t been there before. Whenever I met with Blyth and her growing team, I had a sense that we were solving unique and new problems; that we were pioneers in a way.
I have since then rebuilt CPN’s platform, had another child, taken on other work, rebuilt CPN again, and taken on more other work. Through it all, I felt as though I was constantly being led back - called to my work with CPN. Today, I work for the organization full-time managing CPN’s innovative platform, which is always growing and evolving. I am ever excited about our future, and the services and products we continue to build.
I am honored and excited to run the Boston Marathon for CPN. Though I have been running regularly for over 10 years, this will be my first Marathon. My steps will be inspired by the parents who work so hard to walk forward despite the sadness they face.
Please join me in supporting Courageous Parents Network by making a donation in support of my running of the Boston Marathon. Together we can continue to build this needed resource for families.