BENEFITING: Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
I am proud to represent Catholic Charities, on my "Road to Redemption" for the 2014 Boston Marathon! Catholic Charities of Boston programs serve the poor and working poor in your community with dignity and compassion. For more than 100 years, they have supported families as they struggle to put food on the table, secure child care for their children and seek out better opportunities through education. Last year alone, Catholic Charities served over 200,000 of your neighbors across the Archdiocese of Boston. They strive to help people become self-sufficient.
- More than 80% of the people served by Catholic Charities receive Basic Needs support. These programs provide financial assistance to people who are struggling to pay for food, rent, and utilities.
That statistic really resonates with me, because I am the oldest of three children raised by a single mother who faced those struggles on a daily basis. Several years ago, my husband and I decided to help other families in the same situation by lacing up our running shoes, torturing ourselves on the treadmill and icy roads, and tackling Heartbreak Hill! Together, we have run 9 Boston Marathons and raised over $43,000 for charity.
Last April, I was 0.4 miles shy of the finish line when the explosions occurred. My initial confusion and panic changed over time, into a numbing sadness mixed with flashes of anger. Although I was relieved that we were ok, I was heartbroken not to have been able to complete the race on behalf of our generous donors and the families that were helped by our 2013 charity. When the BAA notified us of our guaranteed race entries for 2014, there was no question that my husband and I would use them to make a positive impact in our community.
Your generous support makes it possible for Catholic Charities to continue to serve families in need. Here is what your donation can do:
- $37 provides 1 day of preschool
- $53 provides 1 day of after care at the Teen Center at St. Peters
- $56 provides 1 day of childcare for an infant
- $275 provides 1 family with 2 weeks’ of groceries (3 meals a day for 14 days)
- $344 provides 100 gallons of home heating oil
- $375 provides 1 week of camp