BENEFITING: ACE BAILEY CHILDRENS FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: ACE BAILEY CHILDRENS FOUNDATION
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
“We are going for a run and hope you can help!
Dear Friends and Family,
Last year’s tragic events at the finish line on Boylston St. were disheartening in so many ways. The resulting loss of life and injuries, sustained by so many, are unacceptable and have created an even stronger resolve not to be dictated by those who are compelled to act in such a manner.
My daughter Chelsea, (pictured above with our son/her brother Myles) and I will run this year’s Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day, April 21, for 2 charities. Steven, for The Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation at The Floating Hospital at the Tufts Medical Center and Chelsea, for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Our hope is that you will divide your donations equally between the 2 worthy causes.
Chelsea was inspired to run this year’s race as she watched the events of last year unfold. “I’m running with you next year!”, she explained as we left the course. Chels takes great pride in what is, Boston….from sports to just being at home. “Boston Strong”….… A united front in the face of threat. Chels was instrumental in the support of my training and fundraising effort for 2013. She has been progressing through our training this year with a faster pace than her Dad…..ugh!! No surprise. Her fiancé, Greg, who is on the staff at Mass. Eye and Ear is training with her for support. He understands the 1st responder role that Mass. Eye and Ear played in treating the victims of last year’s tragedy.
Many of you were kind enough to support me in running last year’s Boston Marathon with your generous donations. We, really you, raised just under $35,000 to benefit The Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation at The Floating Hospital. The funds raised are already making a real difference in meaningful ways and have been graciously received.
As I reached my family and friends on Heartbreak Hill in Newton on Patriot’s Day last April 15th, I experienced one of the most euphoric moments in my life, only to learn that something had just occurred at the finish line and they were not sure they would let me finish. Not really knowing what had happened, I kept running, only to be stopped just before Boston College by police, medical personnel and Marines. With 5 miles left and the support of you and my family…..I knew as I finished the hills in Newton that I was going to make it to the finish line!! Not finishing was disappointing, but infinitely pales to the loss and pain suffered that day. We raised a great deal of money for a very good cause and I can’t thank you enough!!!
Chels and I have been granted official entry bibs for this year’s race. We need your support. From your donations… to a honk of the horn while training, to a note…. or better yet … an eeh haa!!! on Patriots Day from the crowd!!!!
Our goal is to raise $36,000 by the time the starter’s gun goes off on Patriot’s Day. $18,000 for each charity.
We have never run a marathon together before. We have been training since October. We are sore, tired, petrified and excited!!! We are going to need all the help we can get and hope that you will send along some encouragement, as well as a split donation by clicking the links below or entering it into your address bar.
If you prefer to use a check, please make the separate checks payable to the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation and Team Eye and Ear and send to us at 52 Longview Drive Marblehead, MA 01945.
Now, with Chelsea and Mass. Eye and Ear involved, and reviewing last year’s generous donations, we hope that our goal of $36,000 is achievable. We will run for the patients and their families who will find their way to The Floating Hospital and Mass Eye and Ear, the doctors, nurses and staff, and all that lost their lives and loved ones as a result of 9/11 and 4/15. And, of course, we will run for you, and carry along your support for the 26.2 miles to Boylston St.
Many thanks to you all for your support and generosity.
Steven and Chelsea White
52 Longview Drive
Marblehead, MA 01945
(Last year’s note)
“Close friends introduced me to the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation shortly after the Foundation was created in 2002. Like me, I am sure many of you remember the excitement of watching the Bruins play in the late 60's and early 70's when Ace was a member of 2 Stanley Cup Championships. Something special happened when Ace Bailey hit the ice….blond hair ....some kind of turtleneck...and there was that smile. You knew he had to be a practical joker and just a great teammate. A memorable player…. that none of us who enjoyed the B's back then have ever forgotten. And while everybody remembers him as Ace, his first name, Garnet, was an easy trivia question when discussing the old days. Everyone remembers this guy!! So, I have attended fundraisers over the years, enjoyed dinner, the live auctions and have brought friends and family along as they are all big Bruins fans, as well as caring folk. I enjoyed meeting many players and coaches and seeing the great support and camaraderie that existed in that room for Ace, his family and the Foundation. I wrote the checks and I felt good about that. I felt good that it was supporting a cause for children and families. This year, when Ace's sister-in-law, Barbara, sent out an email noting that the Foundation was looking for someone to raise $5,000 and run the Boston Marathon, I got hooked!
I was fortunate to tour Boston's Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center recently, located steps away from the theater district. For all of the years I have been in that neighborhood, and did not know what was going on just a few doors away. The challenges these children and families face everyday are so great, and the incredible doctors and nurses rely so heavily on philanthropy from Foundations such as Ace Bailey. The transformation that these funds create throughout this hospital is immediately recognizable and creates thoughtful spaces for not only the kids and the families, but also the doctors and nurses that are caring for them.
My wife, Meg, was a flight attendant with American Airlines in 2001. Her usual flight was Flight 11 that left along with United 175 out of Boston that morning. Ace's flight. Meg was not scheduled that day and we sat helpless at home along with you.....That tragic day took many loved ones and changed us forever. It is empowering to know that out of that tragedy we can still find a way to make a difference in the lives of children and their families that are facing significant medical treatment. “
The Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation was established in memory of Garnet “Ace” Bailey who was killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Ace’s family has created the Foundation to honor his memory and to perpetuate his deep caring for the happiness of children through making the hospital experience less stressful for children and their families.
The work of the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation focuses on the well-being of hospitalized children through the building and renovation of hospital environments that improve the family-centered and softer side of hospital care. We strive to reduce the stress of pediatric hospitalization by creating environments that are less clinical in appearance and more comforting and soothing for pediatric patients. The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston is the recipient of our funding.
Mass. Eye and Ear brings hope and a healthier future to people everywhere who suffer from debilitating conditions affecting sight, hearing, voice, balance, taste and smell, as well as cancers of the eye, head and neck. Over the past 9 years, Team Eye and Ear has raised over 2.1 million dollars through their partnership with the Boston Athletic Association, John Hancock and the Boston Marathon. This year, Team Eye and Ear aims to raise $750,000.