Boston Marathon Finisher
April 21, 2017
BENEFITING: Bay Cove Human Services, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Bay Cove Human Services, Inc.
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
It's taken me a while, but I've finally figured out how to get all my friends and family in one place when I go home. All I have to do is run for 26.2 miles from Hopkington to Boston to get to see all their smiling faces and maybe even get a few hugs along the way too! On April 17th, I will be running the Boston Marathon in partnership with Bay Cove Human Services.
I grew up watching The Marathon and would stand in awe as the runners crested Heartbreak Hill heading for their glory of a finish. You didn't have to be a runner to love Marathon Monday. The Boston Marathon has always been special to me, even as a non-runner.
Since leaving Boston, I've oddly enough become a runner myself and have often sat in awe and a little envy when friends or family members would don their Boston Marathon jackets. Now, with the help of Bay Cove, I will be running this year and making some of my all time dreams come true.
Bay Cove Human Services is a Non-Profit Organization that provides effective, compassionate care to individuals and families who face the challenges of developmental disabilities, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction and aging at over 170 sites in Boston and southeastern Massachusetts.
As most of you know I've dedicated a lot of my life's work to helping young children with disabilities and their families . However, I often worry and think about what happens when they get older or who will take care of them when... Bay Cove's Developmental Disabilities Program provides a caring community in which people with developmental disabilities can achieve a full, rich life. Their continuum of support includes a wide range of residential, educational and employment options.
Another aspect that made fundraising for Bay Cove such an easy decision, was their services for Persons with Alcohol and Drug Addictions. People have often told me that you can't help someone who is an addict and they need to want to help themselves. For me and I'm sure for many other families that struggle with this disease, that was very hard to hear. However, knowing that when people are ready for help, Bay Cove is there and that my small efforts are helping to make those services available brings light to an otherwise dark situation. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a family that hasn't struggled with this disease and while it may not be my family that needs the help now, someone else's might. While home for the holidays, I was able to visit some of their programs and was amazed at how their main priority was treating the individual as an individual and not a label.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and thanks for considering making a donation to Bay Cove. Your support makes a difference.
If you can't donate, you can always just send me some good karma during my training. I will be keeping you all updated with facts about Bay Cove, pictures from my visits and how I'm making it through my training.
For more information about Bay Cove, please visit their website at www.baycove.org.