I met my husband Larry in the holding tank at the 1999 Boston Marathon. It was my first and his 3rd. Since then,we've run and supported each other over many miles in training and in races. 5 years ago Larry was diagnosed with abdominal mesothelomia. Surgery stopped his running for a while though he was right at races cheering me on. He got better after his initial surgeries and chemo and was able to run again, running to fight his cancer and to raise money to find a cure for mesothelioma. He worked to establish a National Meso Awareness Day (September 26th) He is one of the forerunners of the Miles for Meso races which are now popping up in many states as he combines his love for running with his belief in a cure for meso.
Now Larry is again not able to run, after another surgery and more chemo, but he is walking and is helping to put on the Miles for Meso Race Feb 12th in Boca Raton,FL. He will be at the finish line in Boston, and I think I will again be running with Larry. I plan to run the 2012 Boston Marathon with Team Hoyt in Larry's honor. I hope you will contribute in donation to Team Hoyt to honor Larry and my team's motto of "Yes you can," even when there are really hard physical challenges.
As for me, the challenges I face in running the Boston Marathon are only age related and so it is even easier to say "yes, I can." I do find myself, when my confidence gets shaky, remembering my team's motto. It's like always having backup when I need it. Carol
The Hoyt Foundation aims to build self confidence and character in disabld young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life, including family and communities, sports, at home, in school, and in the workplace. To learn more about the organizations helped by Team Hoyt, please visit www.teamhoyt.com
On Monday, April 16, 2012, Dick and Rick Hoyt will be running their 30th Boston Marathon. They will be joined by a team of 40 carefully selected athletes from Australia, Canada and across the United States to form the 2012 Team Hoyt Boston Marathon Team. The team will be runningt to raise money for the Hoyt Foundation, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) charity whose purpose is help integrate handicapped people 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 of MA. summer camp programs, to Children's Hospital Boston- Augmentative Communication Enhancement Program, and to the Elm Hill Center in Brookfield, MA. The Foundation also makes various donations to camps for the disabled and therapuetic horseback organizations in the Massachusetts area.
This years team is made possible by our generous sponsor and principal sponsor of the Boston MArathon, John Hancock. We are very fortunate to be coached again this year by three time Boston Marathon Champion, former No. 1 ranked marathoner in the world, New York City Marathon Champion, Berlin Marathon Champion and former world record holder Uta Pippig.
Our team of both qualified and chairty runners have set a fundraising goal of $200,000 which would eclipse our former record by $75,000. Please give generously as our runners train, sweat, hurt and raise funds for the Hoyt Foundation, Inc. The Hoyt Foundation, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) charity. Checks can be made payable to the Hoyt Foundation, Inc. and mailed to 241 Mashapaug Road, Holland, Massachusetts 01521.