ORGANIZER: Brittany Fund
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
I vividly remember saying to myself on more than one occasion…”You couldn’t PAY me to run 26.2 miles, let alone get me to pay a registration fee to run that far. ” How very wrong I was. Despite my own personal rants and ravings, I am to date, registered to run the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20th 2015, so what changed?....Everything.
The tragic events of the Boston Marathon Bombings were a harrowing experience for our country as a whole. I have a particular vivid memory of that day given that I was in close proximity to the site of the first explosion and witnessed the chaos first hand. In the confusion that ensued I aided those I could, one injured person, although I did not know it at the time, would significantly alter my future worldview. The 29-year-old, Brittany Loring, sustained life-threatening injuries to which I tended to and remained with her until she was safely transported to the hospital. I did not realize it at the time but I was only one of the people who was involved in her aid. As each of our stories have unfolded over the last year and a half, I have found myself surrounded by an incredible group of people who have unequivocally changed my life. Myself, Brittany and all who were involved in helping her on that day have since become life long friends.
The Marathon tragedy provided one unintended service: It brought us closer together and allowed us, for one fleeting moment to feel we share common bounds in humanity. It has allowed me to become more focused on the things that really matter in my life. I am running the Boston Marathon in an effort to raise money for the “Brittany Fund for Trauma & Recovery” (BFTR)
The BFTR was initiated by Brittany Loring as a way to give back to provide support and promote health and well-being for families and individuals affected by traumatic events. When Brittany reached a point in her recovery, she chose to longer accept money from those who so generously donated to her but to instead, create this fund and pay it forward. When Brittany asked me to be on the Board, it was a no brainer.
To this day it is hard to believe what I went through, what we all went through but there is no changing it. There is only moving forward and making it count. It takes months to prepare for a marathon and arguably, you are forever changed by the process. It is also true that it doesn’t take months to change your life but that it can be radically altered in just a moment. That moment for me took place on the day of the marathon bombings.
I am wholeheartedly excited and admittedly scared to be a part of something much bigger than myself. It is without question the biggest physical challenge I have ever faced in my life but I am energized by the cause I am running for. Please consider donating and helping me in my efforts to MAKE IT COUNT.