On April 16, 2018, Patriot's Day, I will be running in the Boston Marathon. I'm so humbled as the Boston Marathon is the oldest,
continuously running marathon in the US. It will be my second marathon. I also have the honor of running for a cause. It's one in which I have a personal connection.
There is a multi location rehabilitation facility in Massachusetts called Spaulding. I invite you to check them out. https://hms.harvard.edu/about-hms/hms-affiliates/spaulding-rehabilitation-hospital ; They offer many services and have touched countless lives. My family and I first learned about Spaulding when a dear friend of my wife, Amy, a surrogate mother to her, was a patient there. Over a decade later, I still remember how wonderful the staff was to this woman and her family.
Amy has a friend, Elizabeth Molle. She knows Elizabeth from her old Lake Placid days. While Amy was luging, Elizabeth was figure skating. Everyone they knew from back then came from different backgrounds, places, cultures. But, they all became like a family. The one thing they all had in common was the spirit to compete. It was what got them out of bed, while it was still dark, in subzero temperatures, Elizabeth never missed a skating lesson, a time to free skate or a chance to prove herself on the ice. She has an indomitable spirit, and it's not just a cliche.
Elizabeth was diagnosed with a neurological disease and for just over a decade, has been wheelchair bound, as a paraplegic. Facing all of this, coupled with never being able to compete again, it was a devastating blow. But, Elizabeth was fortunate as she found her way to Spaulding Rehab. There. she began to take part in their competitive adaptive rowing program, EXPD. Elizabeth was able to resurrect her competitive spirit. When she began the program, just over five years ago, she could only row 250 meters. Today, she can row upwards of 5000 meters! When she first began, her lung function was so weak, they didn't know if she would survive the program for one week. As a result of EXPD, Elizabeth has been a competitor in the US indoor world rowing championships twice, in the disabilities category. She has brought home two gold medals in her category!
Spaulding has brought the joy of sports back to Elizabeth. It also has brought her lifelong friendships. The hospital has been critical in her physical care, as well. It provides 360 degree care with world class physicians, physical therapists and exercise professionals.
Spaulding quite literally brings hope to those with disabilities when all other avenues fail. The hospital has brought new meaning to Elizabeth's life.
Amy and I are asking you to please help out. There is a link to donate to help raise money that will allow Spaulding to continue their amazing work. Any amount is greatly appreciated! We want to help keep Elizabeth's dream going for her and all the other people that can benefit from this facility. Thank you, in advance.
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