BENEFITING: BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
My name is Erin Leary and those that live in the Mansfield/Norton area may have seen me running through various neighborhoods in attire that makes me vaguely resemble a traffic sign with blinking lights on my knuckles to illuminate the sidewalk as I run and to help keep me safe at ungodly hours of the day.
During my college years I ran on and off as a chore to stay in shape. I always had it in the back of my mind that one day I would like to be able to run a marathon, maybe "the marathon" as those in the area refer to it as. After completing nursing school I had a little more time on my hands to dedicate to getting in shape.
Each time I ran I pictured what it might be like to cross the elusive BAA finish line and snap a picture with my mother and sister that have religiously volunteered at a water stop for many years.
With these visions in mind and a wedding I have been able to complete 5 half marathons (conquering Ashland and Heartbreak Hill) and finally in April 2014 I was able to find the motivation to push forward and complete my first marathon on my 27th birthday, "Rock N Roll Raleigh" after knowing that I was capable of covering the distance I knew that I had to try and find a way to run Boston.
I have been given a tremendous opportunity by the Boston Bruins Foundation to accomplish something that I have been saying for years "I just want to do once in my life." Please join me in supporting this fantastic cause and completing my "once in a lifetime" race.
I am very thankful to have the support of a charity that also supports the mission of my career which has been to help improve the quality of life for children in need. I am so very grateful for each and every donation, every little bit counts.
BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION wrote -
The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrating on academics, athletics, community outreach and health. We believe that focusing and developing these four areas in children's lives creates a solid foundation, strong support system and ultimately leads them to be an impactful member of their community.
Nothing is more important to a child's future than education and the Boston Bruins Foundation is committed to helping children achieve academic success. To do this, the Foundation endorses programs that employ unique methodologies for children who not only learn well conventionally but also unconventionally. The Foundation seeks to support programs that provide homework assistance, a safe learning environment to develop social and learning skills and a challenging environment for children to discover their own special talents.
Athletic participation benefits children by fostering physical fitness, learning the importance of working together, and what can be accomplished with hard work. The Boston Bruins Foundation believes athletics can enrich the lives of children by removing boundaries and bringing together people of diverse backgrounds with similar interests. Athletics teach children how understand times of adversity and how to tackle problems head on with fairness and strength.
Another primary focus of the Boston Bruins is reaching out to the community. The Boston Bruins Foundation takes to heart its mission of 'enhancing the quality of life for children in our community.' Our outreach extends to organizations that are dedicated to working with at-risk or troubled youth, improving the self-esteem of children and developing our leaders of tomorrow. This area assists organizations that provide after-school activities to keep youth active, while exposing them to programs outside of a classroom curriculum.
The final focus of the Boston Bruins Foundation is the health of the children in our community. The City of Boston and the entire New England region boast some of the world's preeminent hospitals and medical centers. The Foundation's proximity to these centers enable us to support a variety of organizations involved in research, care and prevention of health concerns of our children.
It is through the support and generosity of the Boston Bruins fans, season ticket holders, and corporate partners that the Boston Bruins Foundation is able to continue our ongoing mission of helping children throughout New England.