Hi Friends, Family, & Supporters!
Thank you for visiting my Special Olympics Massachusetts Xtra Mile fundraising page for the 2020 Boston Marathon. I could not be more excited to run my first ever marathon for an organization that has had such an impact on my life! The Special Olympics promotes joy, respect, and inclusion, values that are more important than ever in our world today. Whether you're able to give $15 or $500, I am grateful for the support for my fundraising effort, but more importantly for the athletes and the organization.
A fun twist for those who donate $100 or more - I'll let you choose a song to add to my running playlist for the race! Nothing is off limits - you can be nice and select a motivating song that will help me get through that next push, or you can be a little evil and choose a terrible song that might make me curse your name through its duration :)
Read on to learn more about me and why the Special Olympics is so near and dear to my heart.
I first found my love for running when I started school at Northeastern University and began running around the city of Boston. The passion this city has for running is contagious, and I was quickly hooked on running along the Charles Rivers. The Boston Marathon was always a "someday" bucket list item for me - and now April 20, 2020 is going to be the day!
What makes running the Boston Marathon even sweeter is that I get to run it for the Special Olypics, whose mission is to bring joy and inclusion to people with disabilities through sports and activities. The Special Olympics has always been a part of my life, as my Aunt Karen (AKA KAZ) has been an Athlete for many years, and still proudly brags about all of her medals earned from Swimming in the Special Olympics. Kaz is one of my favorite people in the world - she loves spending times with her nieces, always remember's everyone's birthdays, loves watching football but absolutely HATES the Patriots, and has an amazing sense of humor. It has been amazing to see the amount of joy the Special Olympics has brought to her life, and for that, me and my family will be forever grateful. I could not be more honored to run on behalf of this organization, and will be thinking of Kaz as I cross that finish line.
Please consider donating to help me reach my fundraising goal of $11,000 for the Special Olympics and the 2020 Boston Marathon. Any amount you can donate is incredibly appreciated.