I am TERRI-CITED (a term created by Jessica Weber Burns, patent pending, meaning equal parts terrified and excited) to share that I will be running in the 124th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2020!!!
Most know that my dad has run many a Boston Marathon (11 of the last 12 to be exact!). Every year, as our family gathers in Kenmore Square to give him high fives as he goes into the final mile, I have dreamed of joining him on this adventure. I finally decided that I wanted to run a marathon before my 40th birthday, so I trained for and ran the Marine Corp Marathon in 2017. It was incredible, but I can't say that I had the same itch as my dad to run another marathon immediately afterward!
Well, now that a few years have passed, I realize that I will always regret it if I didn't attempt to run a marathon with my marathoning dad while we are both still able.
Qualifying to run Boston is a feat unto it's own (and is, quite frankly, not something I think I could ever do!) meaning my only option for running this race was to run for a charity.... Soooo I am honored to be running this marathon to raise money for an amazing organization - Cradles to Crayons!
C2C began small in 2002 when founder Lynn Margherio decided she wanted to find a way for like-new and never-used things to get to children who really need them. Since then, the Cradles to Crayons mission has remained clear: to provide children from birth through age 12 with the everyday essentials they need to thrive — at home, at school, and at play.
I have witnessed firsthand the impact C2C has made on families and children in need; while I was a social worker for the Department of Social Services (now Dept of Children and Families), I connected many families with Cradles to Crayons when they were in need of basic items for their children. Back then, C2C was a single warehouse south of Boston... fast forward and today they serve families in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago!
Please consider supporting this incredible work by donating to my fundraising campaign! No amount is too small, but for reference:
$33 helps one child in need during the Gear Up for Winter Initiative
$165 helps five children
$660 helps twenty children
$1500 helps forty-five children
Thank you for your support!