EVENT DATE: Aug 11, 2013
On August 11th, I will be running in the 2013 Falmouth Road Race. I am hoping for a beautiful day and I look forward to enjoying this classic race. Running gives me a great opportunity to do good and give back. That is what I hope to do with this race. I want each step of my 7 miles to benefit others. In this case, those steps will benefit needy infants, toddlers, and children across Massachusetts.
WHO AM I RUNNING FOR?
My race in Falmouth will raise funds for the Carolyn Ouellette Memorial Butterfly Foundation. This foundation honors Carolyn Ouellette, a Hingham mother who believed even small acts of charity can have a big impact in the world. It is a belief she actively taught her two daughters and shared with everyone around her. Sadly, Carolyn passed away in 2011, but her charitable spirit lives on through the work of this foundation.
Primarily, the foundation benefits Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school, and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging communities around the state. It could be a winter coat to keep warm, a backpack to carry school supplies, or safe bedding for a newborn baby. It could be the shoes on their feet, the shirts on their back, formula for a hungry baby, or soap to keep clean. Whatever these children need to feel safe, healthy, and valued... Cradles to Crayons is there to provide it.
WHY DID I CHOOSE THIS CHARITY?
With so many great causes out there, it is a very good question. First, while I never met Carolyn Ouellette, I have met her family and friends. Her two girls were students where I taught 3rd grade. In meeting them and talking to them, you understand how amazing this woman was and how important the good work of this foundation is today.
The greatest impact came from my own life this past year, however. My wife and I have been blessed with a baby girl, Molly, born just three weeks ago. We were truly fortunate as parents. We were able to provide a very safe, healthy home and nursery for her. We had the best healthcare and advice available and could act on all of it. Whatever we needed, we were able to provide it for our newborn. I met too many parents who could not do this, though. Over the nine months of pregnancy, I saw countless moms and dads making hard decisions. You could see their struggle in their faces, looking at items they wanted for their baby but unable to afford them. One mother was nearly in tears as she looked at a crib saying she wished she could buy it for her son. There was another couple I saw, clearly stressed by the need to get formula for their baby at home and their difficulty affording it. It was a unique pain, that incredible love of a parent smothered by economic hardship. It was a difficult experience, filling a shopping cart at will while the people next to you made impossible choices.
The reaction is a natural one, instinctive even. You want to help. You want to buy that formula for them, give them that crib, pick up those clothes for them. It has made me immensely grateful that we have an organization like Cradles to Crayons in Boston. An organization that is there for these families, working tirelessly to make sure those children have what they need from the day they are born.
I have no fundraising minimum in this race. I am doing this all on my own. I am so thankful that I was able to provide for my daughter, and now I want to help Cradles to Crayons assist the many, many others who are not so fortunate. Whether I raise $20 or $2,000... I know my run will be helping children just like Molly and that makes every step worth it.
I thank you, in advance, for your generosity...