I’m so excited to be running the 2019 Boston Marathon on behalf of Team Collier Strong and the Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund.
In 2013, my father, brother and a family friend were at the finish line of the Marathon, waiting for my mom to complete her first Boston. In a matter of minutes, our family’s life changed forever. Just feet from the first explosion, my family was caught up in the aftermath of the Marathon bombing. That day, my brother – my hero – picked himself up off the ground and immediately began assisting the first responders, instinctively jumping into action.
It strengthened Christopher’s lifelong call to serve, and he went on to major in criminal justice in college and enroll in an Army ROTC program. Upon his graduation, there was only one career path he’d consider: police officer. In 2017, Christopher received the Sean Collier Memorial Scholarship, which sponsors one candidate annually through the Lowell Police Academy. And in November 2017, I proudly watched my brother achieve a lifelong dream and graduate from the police academy to begin his career as an officer.
I am proud to be running the Marathon for a charity that changed my brother’s life and allowed my best friend to achieve his dream. I’m also proud to be running for a charity that is turning the events of April 2013 into a force for good. Officer Collier reminds me a lot of my brother, a young police officer who was just beginning his work and who was excited, every day, to put on his uniform.
Personally, this run will also be a culmination of one of the hardest journeys of my life. In 2016, I attempted to run Boston for the first time, only to have my race end at mile 10, when I collapsed with a broken hip. It’s been a long (painful) road to recovery that included learning to walk again and, more importantly, learning to trust my own body again. Throughout that experience, my brother was a source of great inspiration for me as I fought to regain my physical and metaphorical strength. I can’t think of a better person to honor as I cross the finish line.
Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund, Inc. wrote:
The mission of the Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund is to foster connections between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Through community programming, people of all ages and walks of life will develop a deeper connection with, stronger support for, and better understanding of law enforcement officers and the role they play in the community.
The Officer Sean A Collier Memorial Fund is funded exclusively through the generosity of our supporters. The majority of our funding is raised during two annual events – the Boston Marathon and the Sean A Collier Memorial Golf Tournament. Throughout the year, the Fund is grateful to be the recipient of individual donations from the law enforcement community, supporters, and those who are simply inspired be Sean’s commitment to service and wish to help carry on his legacy.
The Fund will accept written grant proposals from local public police departments and non-profit groups providing mentorship, civic/service, athletic, recreational, enrichment and educational opportunities. The number of grants and the amount of each award will be determined on an ongoing basis each grant-making cycle, depending on available resources.
The Memorial Fund is a completely volunteer organization, and we rely on your donations to help make the public aware of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers and first responders in their jobs and the oath they took to run towards danger so that we might all remain safe