(Read the feature article that Reebok wrote about my 2019 journey and relationship with Fenway Health here: https://www.reebok.com/us/blog/370023-how-this-marathoner-persevered-through-injury)
Question: What's better than a comeback story? Answer: Nothing. Don't believe me? Why don't you ask Rudy of Notre Dame? Or the Washington Nationals? Or almost any other redemption story in fictional or actual sports history?
Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that for better or for worse I don't give up. So when I acquired a Grade 2 Medial Stress fracture mere weeks before the 2019 Boston Marathon, I knew exactly what I needed to do: rest and then kick some ass in 2020. To keep myself motivated, I hung the 2019 Boston Marathon poster made up of all runner names (including my own) in my bedroom, so that every morning I would wake up and be able to look my failure straight in the eye. After six months of mentally preparing and physically healing, I'm finally at the place where I can start training again, but I need your help.
Last year, you helped me raise over $7,000 for Fenway Health. While I was not able to run, your money went to a fantastic organization that helps LGBTQ+ individuals like myself get access to specialized quality of care. In fact, Fenway Health was where I went for help with my injury and the subsequent frustration that came with it. The whole experience was oddly full circle, but only strengths my desire to support the organization that supported me. Thanks to the generosity of Fenway Health and John Hancock, I have been given a chance to redeem myself and I intended on making the most of every single moment.
Rain or shine, walk or run or limp, I will be crossing the 2020 Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston. Are you with me?
(Pictured: me representing Fenway Health in Reebok's Pride 2019 campaign, me on crutches with my friend Tim at the 2019 Boston Marathon finish line, and the 2019 Boston Marathon poster that is still hanging in my room)
About Fenway Health
The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.