Friends -- In 1994, I joined the City Year corps in Boston. That year changed my life.
I served as a teacher's assistant in a kindergarten class, helping students learn to read & write. I spent weekends shaping and leading a service program for 8th graders. And, by working with my fellow corps members, I learned as much about Boston that year as I had in my previous 18.
Today, City Year corps members work with nearly 11,000 youth in Boston in grades three through nine, serving as tutors, mentors and role models for
the students who need it most.
I am proud to represent City Year Boston again - this time as a member of their first Boston Marathon team.
This Boston Marathon run also means a little more to me because of something that happened during my City Year.
I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a peripheral nervous system disorder that causes severe muscle weakness and can have a long term impact on people's ability to even walk.
That year, I woke one morning feeling a little weak in my knees and ended that night in the intensive care unit at the Brigham & Women's Hospital. Over the next three weeks, I couldn't eat and barely moved.
But, thanks to the incredible doctors and nurses, my family and friends, and a very supportive City Year team, I fully recovered. (You can see some photos on the fundraising page.)
The experience of those weeks and my entire City Year has shaped so much of the 20 years that followed. I am fortunate, this year, to both fundraise for City Year and simply run through Boston.
Please contribute what you can to this organization; I know that it will make a difference.
Thanks so much,