The Lingzi Foundation honors the example set by Lingzi Lu, who spread love and compassion while fearlessly following her dreams, by providing educational opportunities for courageous and ambitious students like her, and supporting organizations that reflect her passions and recognize those making a positive impact in building bridges between cultures and communities.
Lingzi was born on August 17, 1989, to a loving traditional Chinese family. As an only child, her arrival brought so much joy to her parents and grandparents. Since she was a toddler, she had a great love of books. She followed her grandpa everywhere because he always had a lot of books around him.
Through her school years, she pushed herself to study hard and never stopped challenging herself; setting goals higher and higher. While pursuing academic success with great determination and discipline, she blossomed into a young lady who also enjoyed playing piano and loved nature’s gifts with great curiosity as well as gained a true appreciation for food.
On April 15, 2013, her journey stopped unexpectedly on Boylston Street in Boston, while cheering on the marathon runners at the finish line, she had given her best until the very last moment.
I am beyond honored to be able to run the Boston Marathon for The Lingzi Foundation on September 14 , 2020. The day of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy, my sister and I were with friends cheering on runners at mile 25 about to head to mile 26. I remember my mom finally getting ahold of us, being in a panic knowing what was going on and that we were there. It was on that day I decided I was going to run The Boston Marathon one day. I am running for everyone who's lives changed that day, and will cross the finish line for every runner who didn't have that opportunity. I'm running for the runners in 2013 that weren't able to finish their marathon.
Not only do I get to run The Boston Marathon, but I get to run it with my best friend, my MOM! We are so excited to be able to complete this journey together.
All of us runners have experienced so many mixed emotions that came with the postponement of the Boston Marathon. Now that we are retraining, I have dismissed my disappointment and am so excited to be officially training again. Running with a mask on and solo long runs are very weird for all of us... as we are used to group long runs every Saturday morning full of high fives and close contact.
Please help me as I retrain over the next few months to conquer 26.2 miles of THE BOSTON MARATHON on September 14, 2020! Any and all donations are appreciated!
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