For as long as I can remember my father, Terry Rogers, was a runner. Each morning he would wake up and run for some peace and quiet. Being the daddy's little girl that I was, I often tried to mimic his lifestyle by joining him on those Saturday morning jogs, but instead of running I would ride my razor scooter. As I pitifully rode along, pushing off the pavement in my bright colored Nikes, my dad incessantly ran around me in circles just to keep his legs moving without surpassing me. Let me remind you I am on a scooter. He is on foot. Needless to say, he was an extremely athletic and active man. Back in 1992, he participated in the New York marathon. Knowing him as an athlete my whole life, I didn't quite realize the resilience and dedication it took for him to accomplish such a feat. In fact, it wasn't until this past year that I realized the old, stained "New York Marathon 1992" t-shirt hanging around the house had a much bigger meaning past the fact that it belonged to my late father. Little did I know, this newfound staple piece in my pj drawer was a foreshadowing to my participation in the Boston Marathon 2017. It is with both a great honor and privilege that I am able to partake in such a huge athletic event while also commemorating my favorite man. While many of you may question my ability to participate, all I know is that my advantage is having an angel on my side--this ones for you, Dad.
The Boston marathon represents a great deal to me as I attempt to commemorate my father while running for two great causes: The Boys and Girls Club of Boston and Ron Burton Training Village. These organizations support children through various methods to give them strength, among myriad other tools, for the future. I believe we all go through our own unexpected or unfortunate events in life and the only way to get through is by strengthening ourselves and finding the reasons and lessons that come with these events. By simultaneously commemorating my father and raising money for organizations that support children and their individualized growth, I'm hoping to continue building on my own source of strength. Thank you so much for all of the love and support I've already received. Any and all donations are vastly appreciated by The Boys and Girls Club, Ron Burton Training College, John Hancock, my father, and me.
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