“Bottom Line has helped thousands of low-income and first-generation students get to college, stay in college, and earn their degrees.”
Impacting Education through Bottom Line
On the 16th October 2017 my Gran (Aileen) died after 5–6 weeks after suffering a serious stroke. What followed was a period of mourning but also one of retribution against the illness which took her from us.
I ran London Marathon in 2018 on her behalf, raising over £2,350 ($3,000) for Brain Research UK. I came across this charity after scouring Google for charities which aim to understand the disease more. Their mission matched my desire to help anyone going through the same pain as my family and I. It helped.
But something bigger was at play after London. This was the Abbotts Marathon Majors. Six Marathons. Three Continents. A multitude of charities.
After highlighting five desired charities that I’d like to support and engaging with three of them, I was impressed with Bottom Line.
I have a firm belief that EVERYONE in the World should be treated equally. I also believe that EVERYONE should get the education that they want and deserve. However, neither is unfortunately always true today. This is where Bottom Line come in to play.
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me. This is through hard work and determination. But I am in no doubt that had I grown up in a less fortunate environment, that I would not be where I am today.
This is why running these marathons (Primarily Boston) for Bottom Line means so much to me
Running is what I do… just not well (at the moment)
Between 2010–2013 I was at peak fitness. A ~20 minute ParkRun, 42 minute 10km, 1:32 Half Marathon and a 3:45 (whilst injured) Edinburgh Marathon. Then the Half Ironman of 2014…
My friend (Steve Poole) and I would regularly race.
After London, things became a little more serious. Injuries followed though and after an injury free period of ~6 months (fingers crossed), things are looking good!
However, one thing for sure is that I have enjoyed my Rum and Cake for far too long. That is now to change!
Trio of 2020 Marathons!
In early December, Giana at Bottom Line and I had a conversation and we agreed to work together. I was granted a ticket to Boston where in return I would raise at least $10,000 (more the better). Yes, TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS
I jumped at the chance! The start of a great relationship and an opportunity for me to help others to get an education and lead a life they otherwise may not have led.
Over time, I will be releasing blogs, possibly videoblogs, posts, and other social media relating to my journey here. I hope you all support me.
More About Bottom Line
Bottom Line is dedicated to helping first-generation students from low-income backgrounds get into college, graduate, and go far in life. As one of the first community-based organizations to focus on college completion, we now operate regional programs in Boston, where we were founded in 1997, New York City, and Chicago that collectively serve over 7,800 students. As we grow, our results remain strong. With almost 2,800 alums, our historical graduation rate is over 78%, almost 20ppts above the national average. In Massachusetts this year, we will serve 400 high school students and 3,100 college students as they earn their degree through structured and intensive advising.
Bottom Line's 2020 Boston Marathon Team will run 26.2 miles on April 20th as a way to contribute to our organization and the students we support. Team Bottom Line aims to raise $100,000 this year, which will make a huge impact on our organization. We hope you'll consider making a contribution to the team or a specific runner. Each member of Team Bottom Line has an interesting story and a personal motivation for our cause. We encourage you to get to know them. Whatever you can contribute will help our students get in, graduate, and go far!
If you want to donate by check, have any questions, or want to learn more about getting involved with Bottom Line, please contact Giana Manganaro at firstname.lastname@example.org.