BENEFITING: UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION INC
ORGANIZER: UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION INC
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
"Ready to thrive?”- that was the question Billy, my 17-year-old buddy with Fragile X Syndrome, asked me before each run around Deer Island. Fragile X Syndrome is a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental disabilities. Running a 5K had been one of Billy’s goals and we spent the summer committed to completing it. During times Billy was “running out of gas”, he would run a bit harder saying “self, you can do this. Think of the quesadilla at the end.” On days, it was hot, humid, and neither one of us felt like running, Billy would turn to me with a wide grin and would say, “no big deal – in with the good, out with the bad.”
Billy helps me see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when I cannot see it myself. Each day, he reminds me to look at the positive side of all the stresses life throws at me. I am running the Boston Marathon for children similar and different to Billy… For children similar and different to myself. To give over 50 Billys and 50 Jessicas the opportunity to learn from each other through sports this summer at Camp Shriver. To give these children the opportunity to develop a “positive-slope attitude”, as Billy termed it, to get through the “hot and humid runs" together. To give them the opportunity to thrive. To thrive the way Billy and I did together for 3.1 miles. To give them opportunity to continue to thrive not just in sports, but in life because they have the support and “positive-slope attitude” to do so.
On April 20, 2015, I will ask myself that vey same question “ready to thrive?” and I will use the positive self-talk I have learned from Billy to thrive for 26.2 miles allowing over 100 low income children with and without disabilities the opportunity to come together through sports this summer at Camp Shriver. Thank you in advance for supporting me on my journey to the Boston Marathon. #readytothrive #NBD26.2 #CampShriver2015
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION INC wrote -
Camp Shriver - where children can learn and play... as equals!
We are so lucky to live in a nation where children with disabilities are included in our schools, in our communities and in our lives. But Camp Shriver takes this one step further. Inclusion is good... equal is better!
That's why for the past eight years, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed over 800 children, half with and half without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer sports camp.
Camp Shriver serves an equal number of children with and without disabilities so that all children can play and learn—as equals.
All the funds raised by our fantastic Team Camp Shriver members will directly support sending over 100 children to camp this summer. With your support, and the support of these amazing indviduals running 26.2 miles for children with disabilities, we will makle sure that all children have an opportunity to play and learn together this summer!
Camp Shriver’s mission is to bring children with and without disabilities together to provide opportunities for social and motor development, while promoting positive peer relationships among campers.