On April 16th I will be running the Boston Marathon for the 2nd time as part of the inspirational Team Hoyt. I ran the 2010 Boston Marathon as a member of the team and helped spread the powerful message of “Yes You Can!”. It was an amazing experience.
I remember watching my wife and some friends run their first marathon in 2006. I found myself intrigued by what they were doing, confused why they were doing it, and then completed proud of their accomplishment. I remember telling them at the time that I could never do that, and in classic Team Hoyt style, with their legs still feeling like rubber, they all said, "Yes you can". My wife told me of an upcoming 5k run for breast cancer, which to me seemed like a marathon. My mom lost her battle to breast cancer in 1994, so there was no need for additional motivation. I started with a modest walk/run plan and after a long summer I finished that first run. That was 40 pounds and about 7000km ago.
In 2007, a friend of mine introduced me to the powerful story of Dick and Rick Hoyt. She described a video that she said I had to watch, words could not describe it. Here is that video:
Here is another video to give you more insight into Team Hoyt
Part of my commitment to completing my Boston Marathon journey again is raising donations for the Hoyt Foundation. The Hoyt Foundation's purpose is help integrate people with disabilities into everyday activities so they may live fruitful and productive lives. None of the funds raised go to administration of the Hoyt Foundation as it is 100% run by volunteers. The Hoyt Foundation gives gifts each year of $25,000 to the Easter Seals summer camp programs and Children's Hospital Boston - Augmentative Communication Enhancement Program.
My fundraising commitment is $5,000, but I've set my personal fundraising goal at $7,500. Donations can be made two ways: You can donate through this page by hitting the “DONATE” button at the top of this page and follow the instructions accordingly. Or you may send a cheque made payable to "The Hoyt Foundation Inc.” to my attention: Doug Rain 4291 Middleton Road, Grasswood, SK, S7T 1A9.
Thank you for your support and I’ll keep you posted as I make my way to finish line in Boston!!!
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