Dear Family and Friends,
I hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday season.
As a native of Boston, I have spent many Marathon Mondays on the sidewalks of Beacon Street cheering on its participants as they enter the home stretch of the race. As I watched runners pass I promised myself that one day I would attempt this challenge as well.
After the horrific events that took place at last year’s finish line, I thought what better time to start training then now? To that end I spent the better half of 2013 running often, and in November I completed my first half Marathon in Cape Cod.
This year, I was fortunate enough to have been offered a spot on the 2014 Red Cross Marathon team. The bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 turned a setting of athletic triumph into a scene of tragedy. The American Red Cross supported the Family Assistance Center and events such as the Memorial Service for Officer Sean Collier. The American Red Cross also provided emotional support to people struggling to cope in the community.
In accepting the offer, I have committed to raise a minimum of $5,000 for the organization. Through the generosity of its donors the Red Cross is able to provide vital life saving and life sustaining programs and services to those, like the Boston Marathon victims and their families, in their greatest time of need. I am now reaching out to my family and friends in order to help me reach, and hopefully exceed, this goal.
I urge you to please join me in making a gift today. Anything and everything will help.
Thank you for your support. Boston Strong!
Funds raised by Team Red Cross 2014 participants will benefit American Red Cross of Massachusetts programs and services.