My interest in Spaulding stems from the close relationship that my wife, Pamela Robbins Robichaud, has with Spaulding as a result of her brother, Nicholas, being a former patient. I met Pamela almost 6 years ago and quickly learned about Nicholas’ accident and recovery.
In 2005, while on vacation in New Zealand, Nicholas fell out of a tree and landed on his head. He spent 9 weeks in the ICU and was flown back to the States for 6 months of intensive rehab at Spaulding's Brain Injury Unit. Nicholas continues to need assistance with the tasks of every day life including talking, walking, bathing, etc, but it is with much excitement and anticipation that he is preparing to leave my in-laws house and transition to a group facility focused on increased independence.
I was inspired and touched after listening to Pamela tell the story about her brother and knowing that she was running Boston to raise awareness and money for the hospital that treated Nicholas. While dating Pamela, I saw first hand the unconditional love she has for her family and especially her brother. I found her actions and passion addicting and uplifting. These traits and others opened my eyes to the truly amazing person that Pamela is and how giving and caring her family is. Because of this, I fell deeply in love with her and all she stands for, including running 10 consecutive Boston Marathons for charity and her family!
In 2012, I carried on the tradition of running the Boston Marathon in honor of Pamela and the Robbins family. It wasn't the day I had planned, as is the case for many marathon or endurance races. At mile 7, that's right, mile 7, I tore part of my Achilles and calf muscle. It was painful. While on the course I knew that I couldn't stop. I had raised over $5,000 for the hospital that treated my brother in-law, I promised everyone who donated that I would complete the race and I could still walk, barely. There was no reason to quit. I had made up my mind that I was going to walk the remaining 19.2 miles no matter how long it took. It did take a while but it was worth every painful step.
You're asking yourself why would I run Boston again after last year? A small part of me is out for personal redemption, but a larger part of me wants to help raise funds and awarness for the hosptial that helps so many families and individuals in need. Spaulding will be moving in to its new facility this spring and I'm grateful that my fundraising efforts have helped to make this happen. Spaulding is a leader in its field and adequate funding will ensure that it continues to be revered as top rehabilitation hospital.
No matter what happens in April of 2013, I know that I will cross the finish line with a smile on my face and a promise kept to all those who donate and support me and Spaulding's Race For Rehab along the way.
Now it's time to open up your wallets, take out your credit cards or put pen to paper and write a check (yes, they sill exist). No ammount is to small! Here are a few suggested amounts for your tax deductible donation:
$1 per mile = $26.20
$2 per mile = $54.40
$3 per mile = $78.60
$4 per mile = $104.80
$5 per mile = $131.00
$10 per mile = $262.00
$19.2 per mile (# of miles walked in 2012) = $503.02
$26.2 per mile = $686.44 (can't wait to hug the pesron that donates this amount!)
Does your company have a matching progream? Even better! Please contact me and I will get you the simple paperwork.
You can donate directly to me on this page. Simply click the "donate" button.
You may also mail donations with checks made payable to Spaulding Rehab Hospital directly to me at 7783 Essex Place, Boulder CO 80301
Please contact me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 481-4580
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