I have run several of the major city marathons including Berlin, New York, Chicago, and Boston for the last six years. I ran these races mostly for the personal challenge and gratification- the incredible feeling of achievement once completed. This year I decided to run for others, to run “for a cause” and something greater than just me. When I reviewed the Boston Marathon’s® 40+ approved nonprofits (and each had value), I landing on the site of the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton (the city that is home to the Boston Marathon’s® 'heartbreak hill').
I read that the Club provides after school programs, leadership development, and the chance to build self-esteem and self-confidence. More than 700 Newton children and teens are provided a safe place to be and to become contributing members to their larger community. I read the story of one member, “Kevin”, and that inspired me to run and fundraise for all the Kevins at the Boys & Girls Club of Newton.
I think of my brother-in-law from Boston who had a tough childhood and made some poor decisions along the way. He passed much too early at the age of 48. I can’t help but wonder how his life may have been different had he found a place such as the Boys & Girls Club of Newton. I run the Boston Marathon® in his memory too while benefiting an organization which can hopefully help kids to make better decisions that he. Please give generously. Thank you for your support.
Click HERE to learn more about Kevin's journey.
Click HERE to learn more about the Newton Club.
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Please give generously.