50 Days until the 2017 Boston Marathon!
February 26, 2017
BENEFITING: Special Olympics Massachusetts
ORGANIZER: Special Olympics Massachusetts
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
DAY TO GO
Six years ago, I had the crazy idea that I wanted to run a marathon before I turned 30. It couldn’t be just any marathon, it had to be Boston. Fast forward to today and it just so happens that the 2017 Boston Marathon falls exactly one month before my 30th birthday. Running the marathon has been in the back of my mind every year for the last six years and I knew that one day I would follow through on this personal goal. Today is that day. I am so thrilled to announce that I am officially running the 2017 Boston Marathon for Special Olympics Massachusetts!
My connection to Special Olympics Massachusetts runs deep. My sister, Jenny, has special needs. Jenny is 31 years old and has a developmental delay and learning disability. Jenny is one of the most kind and compassionate individuals I know and never fails to put a smile on my face no matter the circumstance. Jenny started competing in track and field with Special Olympics Massachusetts when she was ten years old. (This happens to be the same time I became involved and became president of the Jenny Dill Fan Club.) As we grew older, she continued to participate and I evolved from spectator, to volunteer, to fundraiser, and finally to a dedicated staff member at Special Olympics Massachusetts. For as long as I can remember, I have seen what a positive impact sports has had on my sister. Sports has helped Jenny develop better fitness, expanded her endless social circle, encouraged her to have confidence, and allowed her to experience the pure joy and excitement of winning a medal after a competition. Jenny has taught me so much about myself and the importance of accepting others regardless of their situation. She has truly shaped the person I am today. Having a sister with special needs has only enhanced my experience of one of the most amazing bonds in life: sisterhood.
My family’s story is not unlike that of the 12,000 athletes that Special Olympics serves in our state. Jenny participated in track and field free of charge because of fundraising efforts like those of the Boston Marathon team. It costs approximately $390 for one athlete to train and compete in a full year of sports at Special Olympics Massachusetts. My goal for the 2017 Boston Marathon is to help 26 athletes – one for each mile that I will be running. That means raising over $10,000. I need your help in order to make this happen. Our athletes are some of the most inspiring and incredible individuals that I have ever met and have the pleasure of serving. It would be an absolute honor to fundraise to help them achieve their dreams. Please support me in whatever way you can, so that we can continue to make Special Olympics athletes’ dreams come true.