EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
DAY TO GO
Running the Distance for Suicide Prevention!
Bill is a lifelong athlete, passionate about pushing his limits and challenging himself physically and mentally. He enjoys the rush of natural confidence earned with the completion of a challenge and the emotional, psychological and biological rewards that motivation, effort, discipline, and focus yield in the process. Bill is also passionate in his desire to inspire others to get out and challenge themselves!
Bill engages this mindset daily in his personal life and with his two sons, Carter, 13 and Travis, 11, both active in sports, as well as in his workplace of 16 years, Boston based investment manager Loomis, Sayles & Company where he is active in the companies wellness program as a member of the fitness committee, and plays on the companies Ice Hockey Team.
This coming March Bill will ascend to the summit of Mount Washington for a third time, and while a winter ascent to the top of any mountain and the hard work and physical and mental preparation that is required is exhilarating and confidence building, many people who are fighting depression, anxiety, fear, and are consumed by negative thoughts, are not able to experience this feeling of exhilaration. These people live an every day struggle to climb, and their mountain appears every morning they wake, and it's absolutely daunting.
Bill's passion for climbing represents what he feels is our ability to overcome these fears, our struggle, and ultimately Bill wants to spread that very message to those that are suffering from mental illness as well. That you can and will "get out of it". That you can stand atop a mountain looking down at the very struggles you faced, and all the steps it took to get to the top.
That you can and will be #morethanok!
Though his current passion is climbing, Bill is also an experienced marathon runner and fundraiser who completed his first marathon in 1997 running for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training (TNT) in Boston in the memory of a childhood friend who passed away from Leukemia, and his fifth in NYC in 2009, also for raising money for blood cancer research where he raised $15,000 in honor of 7 year old Emily Taylor of Hingham, a classmate of his son Carter who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in June, 2008, and has been off treatment for 6 years.
Since running his first marathon, Bill has raised funds for several charities including IRSF (Rett Syndrome), LLS (The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, JDRF, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Autism Speaks, Asperger/Autism Network, & Alzheimer's Association, through his completion of marathons, and his participation in the annual IRSF Hockey game in Hingham, MA, and Cranberry Cup Hockey tournament in Nantucket, MA, and the 48 Peak Challenge in the White Mountains, NH, as part of the Alzheimer's Associations Longest Day.
Though not directly affected by suicide in his life, Bill has long been interested in joining the Samaritans mission to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behavior. That interest is rooted in Bill's personal experiences, his concern for the well-being and health of others, and his inevitable interest in psychology, an avocation that has engendered in Bill a decided pursuit of knowledge in the areas of human emotions and behavior, personality psychology and disorders, and their relationship to mental illness and suicide.
Bill hopes his participation with this amazing group of caring human beings, teammates, and all those involved with Samaritans will continue to show that love, solidarity, compassion, and empathy for those feeling isolated or struggling in their lives, living with mental illness or affected by the aftermath of a suicide exists in others that are willing and able to help.
Bill also sees this as an opportunity to inspire and support and encourage his mother who is going through her own emotional struggle after the sudden loss her husband, partner, and best friend of 50 years, and Bill's father, in March, 2016.
Bill's passion for fitness and his commitment to wellness and mindful living, combined with his own recent experiences, has brought him to a place of gratitude and he is extremely proud to have been selected to join this amazing team and he is very excited to run the the 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon for Samaritans, and see where this journey takes him!