BENEFITING: THE MICHAEL LISNOW RESPITE CENTER
ORGANIZER: THE MICHAEL LISNOW RESPITE CENTER
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
THE MICHAEL LISNOW RESPITE CENTER wrote -
The Michael's Miracle Marathon Team is a Boston Marathon team to benefit The Michael Lisnow Respite Center. The Respite Center is an official B.A.A. charity that provides services for children and adults with disabilities. We have several programs which include our Adult Day Program, Weekend Respite, After School Care, Day Care (birth - 3yrs), Employment Support for Individuals with Disabilities and Residential Placements.
As we begin 2017 and our 18th Boston Marathon season, our goal is to continue to increase respite and support services for families trying to survive the challenges of raising a child with disabilities. Last year the Respite Center raised just over $600,000 with a team of 72 runners. These funds made it possible to grant scholarships and also provide over 40,000 hours of service to families in need.
Running for Michael's Miracles is such a challenging, emotional, and exciting undertaking for us. Matt ran for Michael's Miracles for 4 consecutive years, and then "passed the baton" to Me in 2015. Last year we both ran, and this year I'm solo again. This will be our 7th consecutive year running for the Respite Center.
The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center provides a much-needed sanctuary for families and their children with disabilities. It is particularly special to us because Michael Carter Lisnow is Matt's brother.
Growing up with Michael Matt was able to see first hand the huge joys and tremendous difficulties of having a family member with a severe disability, or, in Michael’s case, a bunch of disabilities. Having watched the amazing care given by Sharon, Michael's mom, and the unending love Michael gave to and received from his family, has inspired us to want to give back in any way we can to the Respite Center in Michael’s honor.
Although I never had the privilege of knowing Michael before he died, all that I learned about him from his family has taught me how to approach my own life, the lives of my patients, and the lives of each of the members of my own family. Learning about Michael through Sharon, Mark and Matt has showed me what a courageous and special little boy he was, and how many lives he has touched both during his life and after.
I was fortunate enough to work at the Respite Center for a summer during medical school, where she I able to help with daily care for the kids and adults who came to the center. Sharon and Mary, along with all of the members of the community, shaped the development of my love for people with unique and special challenges. My experiences at the respite center directed the course of my career, first to pediatrics and then to neonatology and palliative care. I try to emualte the love and compassion that I have learned from Michael, and all of those whose lives he touched.
When Matt and I spend time at the Respite Center we feel a great sense of pride and community. People with disabilities really need this community. It is most important to them. However, people without disabilities also need the Respite Center. Whenever we spend time there we learn from people who have to struggle with everyday tasks. We learn not to take anything for granted. We learn to be a better spouse, better parent, and a better person.
If we can help to ease the mental, physical, and financial burden for several families through the course of a year, then running 26 miles seems a less daunting task. Running a marathon in several hours doesn’t compare to the marathon that these families call every day life; the respite center allows for much needed breaks and pauses for both the attendees and their caregivers.
We so appreciate the support many of you have given us through the years for the Respite Center. we continue to value your contributions to this special place.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support out fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!