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As I sit down to write this I am still in disbelief that I am on a team running the 116thBoston Marathon this year! If you told me I’d be doing this 5 years ago, I would have said you were nuts! People have been asking me why I want to run 26.2 miles, midlife crisis perhaps? While that may be true, there are so many reasons why I want to do this.
I am fortunate to be able to run this year’s Boston Marathon with my some of my close friends including Tami Aquino, Suzanne Hevener (fellow team members) and my sister Kimberly Cummings. Tami, Kim and I ran our first marathon together this past October in Newport, RI. My plan was that if I could complete that marathon (and survive) then I would apply for the Spaulding team. I was excited (and terrified!) when I found out I got a number!
I started running about six years ago, mostly to counteract my daily ice cream habit but found out it was something I really loved to do! Although I am not fast, I love the way that I feel after a run. It clears my head and offers me much needed stress relief (I have 2 teenagers at home!). The true reason I run is because I can. In the eleven years that I have worked for the Spaulding Rehab Network I have had the opportunity to meet many inspiring patients who have taught me never to take anything for granted. I have witnessed many remarkable recoveries that have occurred because of the amazing care they have received at Spaulding. I know that I am fortunate enough to be able to run 26.2 miles and will run in honor of those who are unable. Spaulding Rehab is very close to my heart both professionally and personally as I have had family and close friends who have been patients over the years. I am very proud to be a part of the Spaulding's Race for Rehab team in order to fulfill a personal goal and to support fundraising efforts that will continue Spaulding’s mission to improve quality of life for people recovering from or learning to live fully with injury, illness or disability.
I am asking for your support in helping to keep these success stories coming, any donation would be appreciated. No amount is too small and all donations will be used to help others on their road to recovery.
I am planning to dedicate each mile to someone- please let me know if I can honor someone for you (just make a note when you donate) and I will add them to my list.
Some suggested donations to mark milestones:
$26.00($1 for each mile run)
$42.00(Spaulding will celebrate its 42ndAnniversary this year)
$52.00($2 per mile run)
$116(to celebrate the 116thBoston Marathon)
If you do not wish to donate online you may mail your check (with my name in the comment line) to the Spaulding Development Dept at 125 Nashua St, Boston, MA 02114, to the attention of Ashley Bronson.
I thank you in advance for your support and helping me to “find my strength” to complete this marathon. I am praying for a mild winter so I get most of my training done outside (sorry snow bunnies) and will send training updates every so often. I hope everyone has a happy and safe new year!
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