This feels like fate.
Let's be honest: I'm a longshot here.
By the time Patriots Day comes, I'll be 38 years old and 9 months removed from major abdominal surgery. I don't know how to fundraise. I work nights and I get the kind of short, interrupted sleep that parents of 3 small kids can appreciate.
I'm not a marathoner; I'm a soccer player. Put me out there with cleats and a soccer ball, and I'm in my happy place. But 26.2 miles in the elements?
What am I thinking?
Simple answer: You have to listen to fate. Especially when it's giving you an opportunity to help children who need it.
I'm the main evening anchor at NBC10 Boston, and in my career as a journalist I've traveled from Florida to Massachusetts to the Dominican Republic to Washington D.C. I've covered everything from Super Bowls to inaugurations to the championship parades for the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots.
I've also covered tragedies. Too many to list. And one that stands out to me as I ask for your help on this journey is what happened at the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013. I swore then I'd get myself in a position to do what I'm doing now. And who better to run for than the man who rallied Boston by reminding the world, "This is OUR *bleeping* city!"
I cheered on runners at the halfway point during my four years at Wellesley College. I was kicking a soccer ball for the Blue back then. I'll be running by them now, feeding off of the energy of their Scream Tunnel, and I couldn't be more excited.
Anyone who knows me knows I go ALL in when I commit to something. I WILL run this marathon. And I'll do it at 38 years old, 9 months removed from surgery, and my 3 small sources of inspiration (and sleep deprivation) will be there to greet me at the finish line.
I hope you'll follow along, I hope you'll donate if you can, and I hope you'll help me help The David Ortiz Children's Fund.
The David Ortiz Children’s Fund provides essential support for children in the Dominican Republic and in New England who cannot afford the critical cardiac services they need. We are proud to partner with CEDIMAT Hospital in Santo Domingo and the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children to fulfill this mission. Through outreach, education, and support for medical care, we’re committed to enhancing the health and well-being of children who require life-saving heart surgeries.
To date, we have saved over 830 children in the Dominican Republic, and have helped over 8,000 children in the New England area. Join Big Papi in his efforts to save more lives!