First, thanks for following the link to see what this is all about.
The team name, Team MJO, are the initials of our team captain's grandfather who served in the Boston Fire Department for over 40 years.
The event itself is to raise money to help the families of fallen first responders as well as organizations that provide support to those same families. In my mind, I hope it continues to raise awareness and keep those that run towards the danger, not away from it, in our thoughts.
We all remember 9/11 and that many of those men and women that "survived" are still suffering from the injuries and exposure they endured on that day and the weeks and months after. Closer to home, there's the Worcester warehouse fire and the Boston Marathon bombing.
How often to we hear sirens and think, 'I hope whoever it is is OK'. How often, myself included, do we forget to think about that responder, and hope that they will do their job and then return home to their family again.
Some will say that, that is the job, it's what they've signed up for and those are the risks. No one signs up to be injured or killed on the job. They choose this career to help others when they can't help themselves.
Hopefully, by participating in these types of events, the families that have lost so much can not only get the things they need for their day-to-day lives, but some amount of comfort that others, complete strangers, care about them and want to help in any way we can.
I have to put a number in the fundraising goal box, please give what you are comfortable with and if you don't mind, share this with others. Lots of small donations add up quickly and engages that many more people to do whatever they can.