I am thrilled to be a member of Team Red Cross for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon!
This will be my first marathon; in fact, until 2013 I was not a runner at all. The Marathon bombings changed all that - the attacks motivated me to start running, with the singular goal of running the Boston Marathon myself in 2014.
I am running on behalf of the victims of the bombings, and in support of and solidarity with the thousands of people who will put aside their own fears to return to Boylson Street next year.
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts has given me the opportunity to fulfill my goal, and with your help and generosity I will run down Boylston Street myself on April 21.
Funds raised by Team Red Cross 2014 participants will benefit American Red Cross of Massachusetts programs and services.
The American Red Cross - Keeping Boston Strong
Boston was forever changed on April 15, 2013. Within minutes of the Boston Marathon bombing, the American Red Cross responded by helping runners, visitors, spectators and first responders navigate the chaos. In the days, weeks and months to follow, the American Red Cross provided food, shelter, financial support, and mental health services to those affected, from victims and family members to first responders and community members. The American Red Cross remains committed to keeping Boston strong and resilient. For more information about the American Red Cross response, visit http://www.redcross.org/ma/boston/boston-marathon-2013.