BENEFITING: BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
I'm running the Boston Marathon on April 20th, 2015!! I've decided to take on this challenge for many reasons. It has always been a goal of mine to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon and something I needed to prove to myself that I could do. Running with the right foundation has been equally as important to me, and is why I am running with the Bruins Foundation. The Bruins Foundation does so much with charitable organizations to help all children throughout New England. They have have also done so much to raise awareness and support for Autism through foundations like Autism Speaks, which is why I wanted to run and raise money for them. All of the funds that I personally raise, will be earmarked directly towards these programs for Autism. As many know, my son was diagnosed with Autism 3.5 years ago. That day is one I'll never forget. I remember asking the Doctor who diagnosed him if he'd ever be able to speak. I was so desperate for something to hold onto for hope, but they were so careful to not give me any since no one could be sure. For a former control freak and minute-by-minute life planner, like myself, Autism forced me to change for the better and learn that sometimes, life is going to throw you curveballs...and sometimes, big ones. In those struggles, you will find out who you really are. You'll learn to not sweat the small stuff. You find out what you're made of. You learn that you are stronger than you've ever imagined and that staying positive will get you further than believing in nothing at all. I believe that anything is possible. I want to show my children that anything can be achieved with hard work and determination no matter what you are up against. I want them to know that we may not have control over what comes our way, but we have control over how we react to it. Running became my therapy in some of the toughest times these past few years. Autism and watching my son struggle daily has definitely put me on an emotional rollercoaster. Some days when I feel like I have no control over Autism, running, raising money and awareness for Autism, makes me feel like I have some control again. It makes me feel like I'm able to make life better for my beautiful son and those just like him. I've run multiple races and 2 half marathons before and always hoped I'd get the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon. Now I know I have a cold winter of training ahead of me, and will have to tough it out with some old injuries, but my pain and struggle of 26.2 miles is nothing in comparison to what my son and those like him fight to overcome daily. Reminding myself of that will get me to that Finish line! I'm not only running the Boston Marathon in 2015, but I will finish! I'm running for my beautiful boy, Sheamus. I'm running for Autism. I'm running to raise Autism awareness. I'm running with a foundation that supports all of this. Thank you to each one of you for your support and for cheering me on! I love you guys!
Here's a little more on the BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION-
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.