1 More Day! 5% Away!
April 16, 2017
BENEFITING: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
After years and years of my 76-year-old Dad (who's run 12 marathons) asking when his loser son will ever run a full marathon, I'm thrilled to announce that I will--and not just any marathon, but the 2017 Boston Marathon!
And I'll be running to fundraise not just for any organization, but for the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center!
What is BCNC?
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) is the largest nonprofit social service provider dedicated to Asian families in the Greater Boston area, supporting over 2,000 children, youth, and adults each year at three locations in Boston and Quincy. The mission of BCNC is ensure that the children, youth, and families we serve have the resources and supports to achieve greater economic success and social well-being. BCNC helps families access the resources and services available to them, provides opportunities for them to learn and acquire skills, and creates a community of mutual support and encouragement. For more information about BCNC, please visit bcnc.net.
Why am I running for Team BCNC?
As the child of Korean immigrants, one of whom is a limited English speaker, I grew up with an intimate awareness of the challenges that often prevent Asian immigrants from realizing their full potential in the U.S.
As a professor of Asian American Studies, my teaching and research aim to illuminate the conditions that give rise to these challenges, as well as the artists, activists, and everyday folks--like my parents, like your parents, like our friends, co-workers, and neighbors--who are running their own marathons of survival and transformation.
And as someone who has volunteered, worked for, and led a number of Asian American community organizations across the U.S., I understand the powerful role that these organizations play in ensuring the success and well-being for all Asians Americans, whether it's in the realms of housing, health, education, labor, media representations, etc.
BCNC is one of these organizations. Even though I'm a newcomer to Boston, I've already seen the tremendenous impact of their work with Asian immigrant communities in the Greater Boston area. I'm sure our family, and my mother in particular, would've benefitted from their child care services, adult education and parent education classes, counseling services, fitness programs, and other family services. These services do more than fulfill an immediate need--they provide a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose, and a sense of transformation.
These services, however, need support. As gentrification continues to displace low-income residents of Boston's Chinatown, and as the city of Boston faces an uncertain future in the wake of President-elect Trump's threat to cut federal funding to cities who provide relief to undocumented people, it's even more urgent that organizations like BCNC receive the support they need to continue to protect the most vulnerable. That's why I'm running.
Why else am I running?
My Mom, who has sacrificed so much for me and the rest of my siblings, is running her own marathon, so to speak--she's currently battling stage 4 stomach cancer. While I'm not fundraising for cancer, I will be running for my Mom--to give her strength, to give her inspiration, to give her hope.
With that in mind, my fundraising goal will be $11,777--the "7" represents my Mom's favorite number, as well as a lucky number in Korean. And that's why I'm asking people to donate any number that ends with "7." Whether it's $27, or $57, or $107, the number "7" will signal your symbolic support for my Mom. She needs all the luck and support she can get to outrun cancer.
At the same time, any kind of support you can offer, at any amount, or even words of encouragement if you're unable to donate, would mean a lot to me.
One last bonus: if I meet my goal of $11,777 before race day, I will wear my infamous unicorn horn on my head as I run.
$7+: A shout-out on my public Facebook page, @terrykpark
$107+: A home-cooked Korean meal at my apartment in Boston
$257+: Ad space on my marathon jersey which will be seen by 1+ million spectators! (larger space at $507 & $1007 levels)
HOW DO I SUPPORT?
Donate! All donations are tax-decuctible and eligible for company matching programs
Come out on Marathon Monday (April 17, 2017) to cheer me on!