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Samaritans Inc. 2017 Boston Marathon Team

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BENEFITING: Samaritans

ORGANIZER: Samaritans

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

DAY TO GO

William Rugg

THE STORY:

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! 

 

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To This Fundraiser

$12,719

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kacy Cerasoli Maitland

     

  • #silentraindropsfall

     

  • #thisorderstall

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • #...makeitintoart

     

  • #morethanok

     

  • #chooselove

     

  • Sidd

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Subu Garikapati

     

  • Dave Maisel

     

  • Paul Ablin

     

  • Sib Mangena

     

  • #letsdo

     

  • Brent and Molly Delehey

     

  • Neeraj Mital

     

  • Mum

     

  • Drew Santos

     

  • The Verna Family

     

  • LOVE

     

  • Overture Partners

     

  • Karen Calhoun

     

  • LOVE

     

  • Beth McIntyre

     

  • Steve Mongeau

     

  • Siegel Family

     

  • Andy McElaney

     

  • Merrill Family

     

  • do things as totally as possible.

     

  • Lauren Pitalis

     

  • Terrie Perella

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Chris Cuozzo

     

  • The Guidi Family

     

  • Billy Engel

     

  • Scott Service

     

  • be courageous. you are.

     

  • Joe Beauparlant

     

  • be the love of your life.

     

  • Brian Hobin

     

  • #highlights

     

  • Scott Service

     

  • Joseph Beauparlant

     

  • Kevin Lilly

     

  • Brian Hobin

     

  • Geoff Simonds

     

  • Jason Lynch

     

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85% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $158,287 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

andrea coppola mendes

Amount Raised

$17,859

 

179% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michael White

Amount Raised

$12,724

 

127% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

William Rugg

Amount Raised

$12,719

 

85% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Craig Marulis

Amount Raised

$11,794

 

118% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

MICHAEL MONESTIME

Amount Raised

$11,051

 

142% Raised of $7,800 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kristen Arn

Amount Raised

$10,929

 

109% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Veronica Reichardt

Amount Raised

$9,003

 

120% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Steve Watson

Amount Raised

$8,074

 

101% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Jason Lynch

Jason Lynch

You're an inspiration, Bill! Thanks for all you do. Go get 'em! 2 days ago

Geoff Simonds

Geoff Simonds

2 days ago

Brian Hobin

Brian Hobin

1 week ago

Kevin Lilly

Kevin Lilly

1 week ago

Joseph Beauparlant

Joseph Beauparlant

2 weeks ago

Scott Service

Scott Service

2 weeks ago

#highlights

#highlights

2 weeks ago

Brian Hobin

Brian Hobin

Good luck Bill! 3 weeks ago

be the love of your life.

be the love of your life.

3 weeks ago

Joe Beauparlant

Joe Beauparlant

3 weeks ago