Five years ago, I learned about Horizons for Homeless Children. Three years ago, I joined the Professionals and Leaders Advocating for Youth (PLAY) Network. Today, I am honored to say that I am running the 123rd Boston Marathon for an organization with a mission I wholeheartedly support.
Horizons for Homeless Children is leading the fight in Massachusetts to help alleviate the trauma and stress of homelessness on both children and families by providing high-quality early education, vital opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services. Every year they’re able to help over 2,000 children and while that is an impressive number, there are more than 16,000 homeless children under the age of 5 in Massachusetts; that’s almost enough to fill the TD Garden.
As a member of the PLAY Network I work with an amazing group of professionals who are passionate about raising awareness, organizing fundraisers and advocating for Horizons’ initiatives. Social gatherings, networking and community service opportunities are certainly benefits of this group but what truly makes me proud to be part of it is that no one ever forgets why we came together. Every member of the PLAY Network has been moved by Horizon’s mission. Whether it was working as a Playspace Activity Leader (PAL) in one of Horizon’s 90 partner shelters across the state or listening to the success story of single mother at the Women’s Breakfast; we are all here to make difference.
I am running the Boston Marathon so that Horizons for Homeless Children can continue to support over 2,000 children every year, so that they can accept the 200+ children currently on their waitlist, so that they can help more of the 16,000 homeless children in Massachusetts.
We’ve got work to do and I can’t do it without you! My goal is to raise $10,000 to support the Horizons' mission. The months of training and 26.2 miles I'll be running on April 15, 2019 are on me , but you can join me in supporting this incredible organization with a donation to give every homeless child the opportunity to learn, play and thrive.