I'm so excited to say that I'll be running the 2018 Boston Marathon for the Martin Richard Foundation (Team MR8). My name is Steve Hewitt. I'm from Taunton, Mass., and work at the Boston Herald as a sports reporter.
At the Herald, I covered my first Boston Marathon last year and I was amazed by the community and incredible stories I came across, and it inspired me to want to get involved more. This will be my first time running a marathon and I'm honored and humbled to have the opportunity to team with such a great organization in MR8.
When I first looked at a list of potential charities to run for, MR8 stood out, and for obvious reasons. Martin's lasting message -- "No more hurting people. Peace" -- one of promoting peace and kindness is one that everyone can resonate with and is sorely needed in a world that seems to be increasingly divided.
As I train over the next six months, I'll be posting periodic updates, and as we get closer to race day, I'll be writing a weekly diary that features other charity runners that will be found in the Herald.
My goal is to raise $7,500 for MR8, and I'm counting on all of you to help me get there. No matter how big or small, everything helps. Let's spread love and peace together.
MARTIN W RICHARD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INC wrote:
Founded in 2014, the Martin Richard Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin, who was killed in the bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. In the days after his death, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read “No more hurting people. Peace” was shared over the Internet. To Martin, peace meant togetherness, teamwork, fairness, sportsmanship, inclusion, and kindness.
The Martin Richard Foundation provides opportunities for individuals and communities to live out the values of peace, justice and kindness.
By encouraging people to choose kindness, work for inclusion, and embrace diversity in local communities, we aim to influence a generation to live out these values through positive civic engagement We strive to: · Challenge youth and adults to take action and to foster greater togetherness, in their communities through service and activities that reflect our values. · Motivate and enable people to be thinkers, up-standers and peacemakers. · Choose kindness · Build bridges · Do more.