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2016 Boston Marathon - Special Olympics Massachusetts

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THE STORY:

Thank you for visiting this page!! It is through your generous emotional and financial support that you can help me achieve two extremely important goals that I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to realize: 1) Run the Boston Marathon! For those who know me, Boston is a city near and dear to my heart. In my time working and living in Oregon, I missed the city more than I can say. While Oregon is an incredibly beautiful state and my time there was amazing, it was hard being away from my home city. I remember I had been in Oregon for two weeks, having moved everything that me and my girlfriend at the time (now wife) Elissa and I had to our name across the country. It was mid morning or so pacific time, and the news headlines started to pop all over the place of the Boston Marathon bombings. I remember how distant I felt, but how close it hit home to me. Even though I couldn't do anything to help this terrible situation if I was back East, there was some sort of helplessness I felt that really got me down. From that point on, I wanted to make it to the finish line, and running for such an incredible organization like Special Olympics Massachusetts is such an honor and privilege. 2) Be able to truly make a financial difference in an organization that enriches and enhances the lives of so many individuals. Special Olympics Massachusetts puts smiles across the faces of so many individuals across the state that have had their fair share of struggles and difficulties. The relief and happiness provided to them and their families is absolutely priceless. During my time living in Oregon mentioned above, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend two summers as a Unified Partner with Special Olympics Oregon, of an energetic and joyful girl named Maya. Maya and I practiced week in and week out, and ended up taking gold at the regional tournament the first year. Needless to say, the emphatic joy and excitement she felt that day, as well as the relationship we built over the course of the two years, was something that I would have never have found anywhere else. The true benefit of organizations such as Special Olympics Massachusetts is knowing that your generous support goes to making sure that experiences like those happen. Obviously the special needs community needs as much help as possible, but knowing that your day and your life will be brightened by touching and affecting those individuals, is worth more than some material could ever provide. I will be sending out a weekly update of my progress to people as it relates to getting to the 26.2!! Thank you for visiting and for your support, I appreciate it more than you know! - Ben

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