Blake's Half-Marathon for the Boston College Campus School
Organized by: Blake Yoho
EVENT DATE Nov 08, 2015
On February 25, 2015, I traumatically fractured both my tibia and fibula in a soccer accident.
On November 8, 2015, I will be running in my first half-marathon in Newton, MA.
A little over 8 months after I was unable to walk, I decided that I wanted to prove to myself that I could overcome this obstacle. Running has been such an essential part of my life since I was young, and going without running for 4 months during my recovery was a very difficult time for me.
But I'm not running for myself this time. I'm running for the students at the Boston College Campus School, a school founded at Boston College for children ages 3-21 with many different disabilities and special needs. I was unable to run for a few months. Many of these kids will never be able to run in their lives.
13.1 miles is a long race for someone coming off of a broken leg. In my training I still feel pain in my leg sometimes as I run the streets of Boston, but it's a reminder that I am still human. It's a reminder that I feel pain just like every human, no matter who they are. We all feel pain, yet we all feel love.
It is this love that truly unites humanity, as we are able to express it in so many forms. The Campus School of Boston College is a great example of expressing love. They provide a unique learning environment for their students to learn, thrive, grow, and receive love. Through many fundraisers and donations, they are able to achieve their success in expressing their love. When I found the opportunity to run for such a great cause like the Campus School, I was thrilled to be a part of something so special.
So now, I am asking for your support on my continued road of recovery. I ask you to keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I train for race day November 8th. I ask that you continue to support the Campus School and the brave and beautiful children that attend it - whether it be through your prayers, your thoughts, spreading awareness of the school, or monetary donation. And finally, I ask that you believe in yourself on whatever path you are on in this moment.
So many people have believed in me and helped me to get back to where I am today, and I will be eternally grateful for every single one of them. I am eternally grateful for all of you that support the Campus School and this half-marathon. We are in this life together, and we are in it to love.
With all my love and gratitude,
(Link to more info on Campus School http://www.bc.edu/schools/lsoe/campsch/)