It was a cold November afternoon and I had just finished running a very wet 8-miles.
I had started to train for one of the biggest adventures and challenges of my life.
I wanted to run the Boston Marathon.
Undoubtedly one of the most epic races in our Nation, I had always wanted to be part of the history of finish liners.
Being from Boston and having watched the races each year, I knew one day the time would be right and I would go for it.
This year I finally had the courage to run and to run for a cause. BUT I didn't have a bib - I was frustrated.
That same night, I dropped into a local spot to have some dinner and struck up a conversation with the folks sitting next to me.
It turns out that simple conversation led me to a bib running with Boston Police Marathon team.
To show my gratitude to the Fitzpatrick family for helping me obtain my bib, I am running for the International OCD Charity Foundation.
In 2018, the Fitzpatrick family tragically lost their daughter, Mary Margaret, to an extreme form of OCD called Perfectionism.
Life can be hard.
Everyone has struggles.
This day in November made me remember that helping each other, even if they are strangers, is what life is about.
There are many important charities to consider donating to and this one is no less important.
All the proceeds will be donated in Mary Margaret Fitzpatrick‘s name.
Thank you! XO LT
The mission of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is to help everyone affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives. Our aim is to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues, and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them.
Funds raised by our Boston Marathon runner's will go towards supporting our ongoing efforts to provide resources to the entire OCD community through our many programs, including the Annual OCD Conference, our 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk, the IOCDF Training Institute, and more.
Visit iocdf.org to learn more.