BENEFITING: Brigham and Women's Hospital
ORGANIZER: Brigham and Women's Hospital
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
The 119th Boston Marathon for Brigham and Women's Hospital in honor of Ronald Martin
As many of you know I am a runner with a cause and my “pay it forward” campaign. For the last 2 years I have worked hard to bring myself up from a casual runner to a serious competitor while giving back to the community. 2013 was the Hartford Marathon and a “make a wish” trip to Disney World for a pediatric cancer patient and 2014 was to support the amazing Petit Family Foundation. I am honored to write that I will be running my 6th full marathon on April 20, 2015 when I participate in the 119th Boston Marathon with my “Run for Ron” dedication to Ronald Martin, alongside my partner, Taylor Walton. Please read about my quest, please support our mission and please keep Boston, and all that the city and its people has endured, in your heart and minds on Marathon Monday!
The Boston Marathon is a race like none other. There is no public entry, only invitation, and I am humbled to lace up and run the streets of Boston with the finest runners out there. I will be running with an elite group of runners and together we will support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, The Boston Children’s Hospital and (for me) Brigham and Women's Hospital. I graciously ask for you to join me in directly supporting me, the fight against cancer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Boston Marathon.
This past year two men that I love and respect had cancer diagnoses and my outlook on life will never be the same because of them and their families. This was the first time cancer hit close to my home, to my heart. Dan and Ron are two of the strongest men I know and both are surrounded by the most amazing family members I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Watching their friends and family rally around them has been something so profound that no words will ever be able to adequately describe, however their actions will remain with me forever. This note becomes a little bitter sweet for me because while Dan has thankfully thrived, Ron has recently lost his battle with cancer.
In the fall of 2014, Ronald Martin was a patient at Brigham and Women’s Hospital while receiving treatment for his Sarcoma Cancer when I was asked to join their Boston Marathon team. My first call was to his family, as I wanted their blessing to take on this challenge and “Run for Ron” in this prestigious marathon. Ron, Paula and the entire family has always been behind me and Ron knew it was all in his honor. On Monday, April 20th I will run Boston but I will do so in honor of Ronald Martin, our “pepere,” and his amazing family that is now carrying on without him. Ron had the biggest heart; the best stories to share and was always ready and willing to be there to help others. While I run in honor of Ron, I would like to dedicate my efforts that day to Paula Martin, Ron’s beautiful wife and my role model, because behind every good man is an amazing woman. Paula, you have forever changed the kind of wife, mother and friend I want to be! THANK YOU! I would like to thank the Martin Family, the Regius Family, the Kearins Family and the Thannhauser Family for allowing me this opportunity to represent them and for allowing me to learn from their never ending actions of love, kindness, acceptance and compassion. Jeannette Cyr, and your 68 marathons, you are an inspiration and I am so glad that Ron brought you into my life.
Since this is my last marathon fundraiser (don’t worry, I now plan to support other causes and raise awareness to them as I run), I would like to thank a few people who have helped me get to this point in my life.
My initial inspiration:
My inspiration began a few years ago when Halley, the daughter of friends of mine, was collecting cans to cash in to support her friend Lauren who was diagnosed with cancer and wanted to add kindles for her fellow young patients at Connecticut Children’s Medial Center. These two young girls, one facing a major medical hurdle, wanted to change the lives of others! Talk about empowering! I watched our dear friend Jim battle another round of cancer but doing so with such love in his heart, a smile on his face and his family and friends standing strong beside him. At a graduation party our beautiful friend Mariann, who was enduring her own intense cancer battle; walk into the party carrying this gorgeous, homemade castle cake for the graduate! At Christmas my friend Abbie and wife and mother of 3, collected Toys for Tots during the holidays instead of others giving to her as she endured cancer treatment at UCONN. All these lives around me with heartbreaking diagnoses but continuing to push forward with everything they had while still being and doing for others!
My personal support team:
Thank you to every friend (too many to list) who donated to my initial cause back in 2013 and for sharing this journey with me! You all inspired me to change the way I see the world! Josie Rini, you stayed with me every step of the way on my very first race, that was a run for the memory books! My dear friends, Jeremy and Jen Vitkauskas and Cheri and Mike Ziebka, who were my first confidants on my initial “pay it forward” campaign and continue to provide a constant flow of encouragement not just to me but to so many others. The Baldwin &Wagner Families, The Manafort Family and Karl and Kathy Krapek, sorry for the shout out but thank you for the impact you have on my life through your good deeds towards others with your hearts of gold. Bill and Christine Petit and Petit Family and Petit Family Foundation, your devotion and leadership is second to none. Scott Beauchemin, who has been one of my very best friends for way too long and actually comes to our runs to be our support on and off the course! I adore you and thank you for tolerating me all these years! Kate, Teresa and Meagan, my oldest friends and running buddies in Chicago, thank you for motivating me from afar! Dan, Debbie and family, thank you for leading by example and showing me how love can conquer all! To our friends/babysitters (Amy, Christie, Calley) the Goddard School of Farmington and EXCL teachers at West District and all those at Primrose School in Naples, FL, thank you for keeping our kids safe and secure during my long runs and knowing when/when not to call me! To the staff at Fleet Feet in West Hartford Center, it all began with a little visit from you! Thank you for sharing your knowledge, helping me select the gear and for always cheering me on! Gil and Shannon Walton, Owners of Truffles Bakery and Kitchen in Farmington and Avon, and ALL the staff, thank you for your Marathon Cookies, your delicious food and for supporting Taylor and I through all these races. Taylor, my constant running partner, my friend, my (little) sister, my heart! Thank you for never saying “no” to another race and for always holding me accountable! Dude, we are running BOSTON!
Finally, to my treasured and loving and ridiculously generous (and tolerant and handsome) husband Scott, who has graciously (and patiently) made every single one of my dreams come true (and then some), and our beautiful family, all these years have come down to this one race, the race of all races. It may have taken 2.5 years of sacrifice but I did all this to show you that with hard work, balance and priority all goals can be achieved. Every step of my 3:24:07 in the Miami Marathon was in your honor and your love is the best medal I could ever carry with me.
Thank you for your love, your support and your generosity!
Mrs. Susan Fox
“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)”