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Dana SAYS:
Hello to some of the most be…
Hello to some of the most beautiful people in the world, my 2016 Boston Marathon Hoyt Foundation donors!

Just wanted to take a minute again to thank you so much for helping me make my way back to Boston with my team this year. Your donations propel me into getting stronger every single day. You are a huge motivator for me to keep doing what I'm doing.

I also wanted to let you know that I just got back from the most incredible weekend with my team. Dozens and dozens of us from Team Hoyt took part in the Carlsbad Half (and some dos the full) Marathon in California. It was an unbelievable experience for me to get to run and spend time with many duo teams. I met and ran with so many incredible children who smiled from ear to ear because of the barriers that Dick and Rick Hoyt broke down in endurance sports. So many smiles. So many lives made better by inclusion.

As I ran up those hills of Carlsbad (and woah...they were HILLS), I realized I was stronger because of the inspiration of The Hoyts, the other duo teams, and YOU. Thank you for believing in me and the the power of inclusion. Together we're making lives better, and I cannot thank you enough.

Less than 3 months til my 4th Boston Marathon with the greatest team on Earth!

Thank you.
-Dana Krashin
2 years ago
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Dana SAYS:
We did it. 26.2 miles in th…
We did it.

26.2 miles in the cold rain, and it was beautiful. This year I raised over 7000 dollars with your help (for a grand total of over 15000 dollars in 3 Boston Marathons). My team raised over 180,000 dollars and that number is growing every day. All of this money will be distributed to organizations that help people with disabilities live better lives.

I cannot begin to thank you enough for your support. It was a wonderful marathon, but running knowing that so many people are supporting you and your team makes it so much more than that. The crowds yelling "TEAM HOYT" were deafening. The other runners that came up behind me and patted me on the back and said "YEAH TEAM HOYT" were inspiring. The reminders that "YES YOU CAN" were unbelievable.

I have already begun fundraising for next year and am hoping to secure a spot to run with my team yet again. This is the highlight of my year, and you were a huge part of that. Thank you for putting the heart into my running and for making my dream a reality.

There are so many stories I want to tell you all about from race day. For now, I will leave you with just this one...

You all know I am a marathon spectator by trade and live for the signs on the course. Well as I charged up Heartbreak Hill this year I saw a woman standing silently by herself. She was in a crowd of spectators, but it was clear to me that she had come alone. She wasn't screaming. She was just standing, holding a simple sign that said "REMEMBER WHY YOU ARE RUNNING."

Instantly I thought of you all and my team. I thought of how I used to live a whole year of life just for my favorite 30 seconds when Dick and Rick would run by mile 8.4. I thought about fighting to catch up with the team on 4/21/14. I thought about 4/15/13. I thought about how each of my donors and supporters believed in me and wanted to help me achieve this goal.

I'm sure it won't surprise you that I started to cry. We locked eyes, and the woman holding the sign started to cry as well. It was a second of time, but it meant everything. I remembered why I was running...and I'll never forget it.

Thank you for your generosity and love. You are forever a part of why I am running.

-Dana Krashin
3 years ago
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From everyone at First Desce…
From everyone at First Descents, thank you for making a gift on behalf of our NYC Marathon runners. Our team this year was so full of spirit and enthusiasm. Yesterday they ran on behalf of young adults impacted by cancer and made First Descents proud to be a charity partner for this event. Thank you for being a part of what helped them across the finish line and thank you for supporting our mission to empower cancer fighters and survivors through outdoor adventure.
4 years ago
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Amelia Bienstock
New York, NY United States
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