I am very excited to be a member of Team Red Cross for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon and to have the opportunity to run this year's Boston Marathon for such a worthwhile cause.
Last year, on April 15, 2013, I was bib #16181, running in my 1st Boston Marathon. I was euphoric to be a part of the tradition and prestige - a dream come true, a goal achieved. I soaked it all in and cried tears of joy because I RAN BOSTON!
My husband, Jorge Alvarez, was in his normal spot waiting for me - the finish line medical tent. I run; he volunteers. After finishing we briefly reconnected and I went happily on my way. Twenty minutes later my world stopped. I wasn't sure at first what had happened but I knew he was in the middle of it. Without thinking twice he became a first responder.
The experience has impressed upon me first-hand how fragile and precious life is, that each moment is a blessing. Hug my loved ones daily. I now wear blue and yellow each time I run, having taken to heart the phrase, "Boston Strong."
I am honored to run Boston again, to be a part of Team Red Cross, and to have the opportunity to show my support for the lives lost, the injured, and the men and women who responded so quickly. I will run and Jorge will volunteer again. Thank you in advance for your support and helping me reach my fundraising goal.
Team Red Cross is honored to be an official charity team of the 118th Boston Marathon® and the 2014 John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program.
On April 21, 2014, Team Red Cross will run 26.2 miles to raise funds to continue our mission to alleviate human suffering in the face of disaster. We will run for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath. And we will finish, Boston Strong.
Since 2012, Team Red Cross has raised more than $260,000 to support Red Cross programs and services. With every mile run and every dollar raised, Team Red Cross runners help to save and transform the lives of those in their greatest time of need. Team Red Cross brings together runners of all ages and abilities in support of the Red Cross mission, from first time marathoners to experienced competitors.
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: disaster relief, supporting America’s military families, supplying lifesaving blood, health and safety services, and international services.
Funds raised by Team Red Cross 2014 participants will benefit American Red Cross of Massachusetts programs and services. The American Red Cross of Massachusetts is one of the largest Red Cross chapters in the nation. We stand ready to assist the citizens of our Commonwealth in times of disaster to meet emergency needs; to alleviate hunger; to make ours a more resilient Massachusetts, and to educate our next generation in preparedness, health, safety and aquatics.
Special thanks to Dan Fitzgerald, Heartbreak Hill Running Company and South End Athletic Company for providing coaching and training for Team Red Cross runners.
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.