My dream of running the Boston Marathon all started eight years ago when I lost my dad to Glioblastoma Brain Cancer. I remember going to the marathon that year and seeing all of the runners in their shirts supporting so many different amazing causes. Six years later I ran my first Boston Marathon in what most people say was the worst weather year. As awful as the weather was that day I knew that each mile was one step closer to helping find a cure. Here I am again two years later, honored to be running for an amazing cause, Colin's Joy Project. As an Aunt to so many little ones, I could not imagine a better team to be part of.
Colin McGrath was tragically killed after being struck by a car on July 25th after a wonderful day in the park. His life was full of love, laughter, curiosity, and learning. Always playing, singing, dancing, and asking questions, Colin lived every minute of his brief time with us to the fullest. His laughing eyes, beautiful curls, hilarious voice, and sense of adventure will never be forgotten. His smile made everyone's heart happy.
Since Colin's death, the McGrath family started a donor-advised fund through the Boston Foundation, called Colin's Joy Project, which is focused on giving back and creating joy for children and families in Boston. They will use this fund to make grants for rebuilding local playgrounds and funding family-focused programming, particularly for families in need.