South Shore Health is a not-for-profit that has relied on the support of our community to fulfill our mission of healing, caring and comforting. I will be running the 2020 Boston Marathon to raise money for the Grayken Center for Treatment, which is a collection of substance use disorder and behavioral health initiatives that reflect the needs of many communities.
As a middle school teacher, I believe that all communities have a strong need for behavioral support and substance use disorder support. The world has changed a lot since I was in middle school, and the needs of the country have changed greatly. I know that with appropriate support, we can create a trickle down effect that will eventually help to make some changes in our country, alleviating some of the damage done by the mental health crisis. The potential for positive change is boundless if we continue to work together to fight some of the biggest issues in our communities.
Over the last eight years, our Boston Marathon team has raised more than $1 million for care in our community. I feel honored to be running for a team so close to home for such a critical cause.