BENEFITING: American Red Cross
ORGANIZER: American Red Cross Massachusetts Region
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
My name is Cooper Jones. I am a 24-year old male from the small town of Bowdoin, ME. After high school, I went to Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH for undergrad and graduated in 2014, but I remain a Musketeer for life! Immediately after I graduated from Xavier, I enrolled in Boston College Law School and I am now in my third and final year; about a month after the marathon I will graduate from BC.
After my first year of law school, I interned with the United States Navy JAG Corps when I clerked for the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals at the Washington Navy Yard. During that internship, I worked with and for seven judges who were either O-5's or O-6's in the Navy or Marines, as well as with a number of other officers in the Navy. While I was already mostly sure that I wanted to join the Navy JAG, this internship solidifed that and I then knew that this was what I wanted to do. The unique opportunity to get to be a lawyer AND serve my country, giving back to those members of the military who give so much to this great Nation, was just such an amazing opportunity that I knew it was my calling. So I applied and I was fortunate to have been professionally recommended and accepted by the JAG Corps in December 2015. After a lot of hurry up and wait, I was eventually sworn in on July 14, 2016 as an Ensign in the United States Navy Reserve.
Upon graduation and (hopefully) passing the bar, I will attend Officer Development School at Officer Training Command Newport, in Newport, RI. I will then be activated, promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade and sent to whatever base at which the Navy needs me for the next two years.
Unfortunately, despite the rich naval history of this city, Boston does not have a United States Navy base, which means my time in the city, at least for the near future, is going to be up soon. That is why I am running in this year's Boston Marathon, as I do not know when I will get my next opportunity to run in it. This will be my first marathon, and there is no other marathon that I would rather be running in; one with such history and meaning, not just to this city or even the country, but to the entire world. The Boston Marathon is an international event, and I am so lucky that I will get to be running in it in April.
There are a number of charities that people run for in the Boston Marathon, but there was only one I applied for: Team Red Cross. I have been a big fan of the Red Cross ever since high school, when they came to our school for a blood drive. I donated blood for the first time that day, and I became hooked. It is such a simple and easy thing to do (if you are not afraid of needles, that is), and it had such a profound impact on other people's lives, that I grew to love donating. I have since started donating platelets because, although it takes two hours to donate, you are able to donate weekly, rather than have to wait 8 weeks, which is what you have to do when donating red blood. The Red Cross is an international organization that does so much good all over the world, so when I resolved that I was not going to spend three years in Boston and miss my chance to run in the Boston Marathon, trying to find a charity to run for was such an easy choice.
Sorry this was so long, but I wanted to give everyone a background of who I am and why I am running for Team Red Cross.
Thank you for your donation and support, as every dollar helps!
American Red Cross Massachusetts wrote -
On April 17, 2017, more than 60 Team Red Cross members will run the historic 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston in support of the American Red Cross mission.
With every mile run and every dollar raised, Team Red Cross runners help to save and transform the lives of people in their greatest time of need. Together, we are the American Red Cross and together, we will finish the race Boston Strong!
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers, and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering here at home and around the world through five key service areas: Disaster Services, Service to the Armed Forces, Biomedical Services, Health and Safety Services, and International Services.
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts serves 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth with a population of over 6.6 million people. Since 2012, Team Red Cross runners have raised more than one million dollars in support of Red Cross programs and services in Massachusetts and beyond.
For more information about the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, please visit www.redcross.org/ma.
To learn more about Team Red Cross, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support!