I’ve donated blood 90 times to the American Red Cross, most recently as a platelet donor. For that, they put you in a comfortable recliner, and you lie still for two hours with needles in both arms, asking a nurse whenever you need them to scratch your nose. This felt like doing something that was good every three months, but it was abstract. It hit home when one of my oldest and closest friends was diagnosed recently with leukemia. So I’ve decided to donate more often in Rick’s behalf, and I’m collecting money for the American Red Cross, as I’ll be on their team for the April 2017 Boston Marathon.
This will be my third Marathon, after running in 1997 to prove 40 wasn’t fatal, and in 2014 to reclaim the Marathon as ours from those who’d have us live in fear after the bombing in 2013. So now I’m doubling down on my commitment to the Red Cross, with a goal of $10,000. Can you help me along the way now? Money back GUARANTEE: If I don’t finish, I’ll pay you back. This will be the best imaginable 60th birthday present!
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!