January 2020 Update:
Huge thanks to friends, colleauges, and family for getting me to just over 70% of my goal! I am so humbled by everyone's generosity.
Two FUNdraisers coming up!
Saturday Feb. 1st: Warm (not hot!) yoga at Empower Yoga Studio in Beverly MA. This studio is my home away from home and I am so thrilled to be able to host a benefit class here. Class is from 2:00-3:15 and will be led by friend and teacher extraordinarie Eileen Moschella. Suggested donation: $25 per person.
Saturday March 21st: Cornhole and brews at True North Ale in Ipswich, MA. Come play in or watch our professionally run cornhole tourney, while enjoying True North concoctions and light apps. Suggested donation: $25 per person or $50 for a team of two.
December 2019 Update:
Just two months into my fundraising and thanks to the wonderful generosity of my friends, family, and colleauges, I am over 40% of the way there!
I have a few fundraising events coming up:
Ate and drank too much at the end of 2019 (didn't we all)? Come spin it off @ InnerCycle in Beverly!
Sat. Jan 4th at 3:00pm: Spinning at Inner Cycle in Beverly; happy to accompany anyone who wants to head to A&B for a post-spin drink! Suggested donation: $20-$25.
Tired of being cold and stiff? Warm up with all levels yoga!
Saturday Feb 1st at 2:00pm: Pretox before Superbowl Sunday at a warm (not hot) all levels yoga class at EMPOWER, taught by amazing teacher and friend Eileen Moschella. Suggested donation: $25.
And look for Superbowl Squares on Superbowl Sunday. Here's hoping the Pats or Bills are representing the AFC!
I am beyond excited to be running Boston again (sans wind, rain, snow, and 30 degree temps I hope!) But what's really important is why I'm running. Yes, I do want another crack at the course. Yes, I am hoping for far better weather and a poncho-free run. But most importantly, I love the idea of running for a reason bigger than me. I've run marathons for children's wellness charities in the past and it enhances the whole experience- the training, the running, and the aches and pains. This year I am running for an organization I recently learned about, CYCLE Kids.
The CYCLE Kids program provides undesrserved kids and schools with bikes, helmets, and wellness mentoring. The CYCLE Kids Program reaches nearly 4,000 children every year in 40 schools in 10 states, including the Navajo Nation in Arizona.
The CYCLE Kids program supports schools in educating their students, families, and teachers on how to build a foundation for lifelong physical and emotional wellbeing. It is designed for 4th and 5th grade physical education classes and weaves together the fun of learning how to ride a bike with practical nutrition lessons.
CYCLE Kids resonates with me for a lot of reasons. CYCLE Kids is a great example of how giving kids access to simple equipment and skills can be life-changing for them. My husband Josh has become an avid cycler and I have seen how much joy a new bike can bring a grown man- imagine what it can do for a 4th grader! I watch my own 5th grade son get on his bike after school and ride around town, looking for his friends. They ride to shoot basketballs, to visit one another’s houses, and to sports practices. He loves the independence it gives him and I love watching him learn how to make good decisions. His ability to be independent on his bike gives him confidence.
As an Official Charity of the 2020 Boston Marathon, our goal is to raise funds to reach more children living in underserved communities with the CYCLE Kids program. Your donation will give students access to a learning experience that will not only teach them how to ride a bike and how to make healthier eating choices, but will help them build confidence and self-esteem, create supportive relationships, succeed academically, and create a foundation for future success.
CYCLE Kids and I are so appreciative of your support, both the financial and the cheerleading kind. Stay tuned for updates and information about fundraising events. And many thanks for considering a donation.