The Finish Line
April 19, 2017
BENEFITING: Special Olympics Massachusetts
ORGANIZER: Special Olympics Massachusetts
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I am honored to have the opportunity to run the 2017 Boston Marathon, which supports Special Olympics and other local charities. I need your help to raise $10,000. These funds will support 26 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Massachusetts—one for each mile I will run.
This is my first marathon, and I am running for my brother Sam. At age three, Sam was diagnosed with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and needs direct supervision from a caregiver or family member 24 hours a day. His first two years of development seemed normal. He smiled, giggled, and repeated words like “Mommy” and “Daddy.” But without warning, Sam gradually lost his vocabulary, and before my parents knew it, their first-born son seemed to have vanished.
Autism is heartbreaking in that way. One day my brother was smiling at my parents, speaking their names, and the next, he was looking right through them. Today, Sam cannot speak, go to the bathroom, or take care of himself. But Sam is blessed with caregivers and volunteers who support him, and work to make the most of his abilities. I am inspired by these people and others in organizations that serve people like Sam. Special Olympics is one of the best organizations in the world supporting people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
In Massachusetts, Special Olympics serves more than 12,000 people in events such as swimming, floor hockey, and flag football. Even with many volunteers, it costs $390 for each athlete to train and compete in a full year of Special Olympics sports. We need your help to keep this program going. Imagine how important it is to people like Sam to have a fun and engaging activity.
Please support me in whatever way you can so that we can continue to make these athletes' dreams come true. Thank you!