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Samaritans Inc. 2017 Boston Marathon Team

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April 17, 2017

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BENEFITING: Samaritans

ORGANIZER: Samaritans

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

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, 14 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. 


Just one month ago on March 17, 2017, Bill and his two colleagues made their second successful winter ascent to the summit of Mount Washington, and while a winter ascent to the top of any mountain and the hard work, focus, physical and mental preparation, and discipline that is required is exhilarating and confidence building, many people who are fighting depression, anxiety, fear, or are just 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 5 marathons, and his participation in the annual IRSF Hockey game in Hingham, MA, the 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

$20,263

MONEY RAISED
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  • 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

     

  • Kevin Lilly

     

  • Geoff Simonds

     

  • Jason Lynch

     

  • Let your life be your message.

     

  • It always seems impossible, until it's done. - Nelson Mandela

     

  • Rigas Gartaganis

     

  • kiss the sky!

     

  • Bob & Karen Falvey

     

  • Doug Breault

     

  • Patty Florio

     

  • fear is just an intruder .. calmly part ways ..

     

  • Billy G.

     

  • Resilience.

     

  • HLL

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • your CONFIDENCE is yours. the Sun? Yours!☀️

     

  • Steve Chittenden

     

  • nobody can steal your dreams... dream big, live, and LOVE!

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jack Diamond

     

  • Photo Safari Raffle

     

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  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Mark O'Sullivan

     

  • Subu Garikapati

     

  • Neeraj Mital

     

  • Colin Flynn - Beast -- Loves The Long Shift. Fitness FREAK.

     

  • Christos Maniatis - Soft Hands, Tough, Pure Goal Scorer.

     

  • LS Hockey Team

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Cheryl Fraser

     

  • LS Hockey - Steady D Man out of Bates.

     

  • Look at your hands, open them, your world is in them.

     

  • Photo Safari Raffle

     

  • Ned and Jane Brewer

     

  • Frankie

     

  • Tom Curtis

     

  • Merrill Family

     

  • Peter thompson

     

  • Michael Gladchun

     

  • Richardson Family

     

  • Jim and Mary Anne Jasinski

     

  • SAUCEHOUND

     

  • Stephen W O'Brien

     

  • Photo Safari Raffle

     

  • Sathya Silva

     

  • Limitless Potential

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Corporate Match - Sandra Knotos

     

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101% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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The Team: $210,680 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

William Rugg

Amount Raised

$20,263

 

101% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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andrea coppola mendes

Amount Raised

$18,394

 

184% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Michael White

Amount Raised

$14,169

 

142% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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MICHAEL MONESTIME

Amount Raised

$13,401

 

172% Raised of $7,800 Goal

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Craig Marulis

Amount Raised

$12,828

 

128% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Kimberly Gagnon

Amount Raised

$11,492

 

115% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Kristen Arn

Amount Raised

$11,469

 

115% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Tim Granger

Amount Raised

$10,916

 

146% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Corporate Match - Sandra Knotos

Corporate Match - Sandra Knotos

4 days ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 days ago

Limitless Potential

Limitless Potential

5 days ago

Sathya Silva

Sathya Silva

6 days ago

Photo Safari Raffle

Photo Safari Raffle

2 weeks ago

Stephen W O'Brien

Stephen W O'Brien

Rugger - hope you had a great day yesterday! -OB 2 weeks ago

SAUCEHOUND

SAUCEHOUND

2 weeks ago

Jim and Mary Anne Jasinski

Jim and Mary Anne Jasinski

2 weeks ago

Richardson Family

Richardson Family

2 weeks ago

Michael Gladchun

Michael Gladchun

2 weeks ago