To all my fabulous friends and supporters!
In less than 8 hours, I will have had my second go at the Boston Marathon. Like most of the world, last year's horrific events at The Boston Marathon affected me a great deal.
I know many of you wonder why marathons or why have this crazy goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states. It’s simple, I run for my mom because she can’t walk. Some of you know my mom is battling MS and unfortunately she can’t walk or even eat on her own.
Today however, I’m not only running for her, but I’m running for Krystle, Martin, Lu, and Sean (those killed in the 2013 boming). They will never be forgotten. I am running for the countless others that were injured and will need long term care and the many who will need replacement prosthetics for decades to come. I am running for the first responders who showed instantaneous courage that can't be taught. I am running for the doctors and nurses and staff at our hospitals who stepped up at a moments notice and worked around the clock to care for our citizens. I am running for Heidi Clark, through her generosity, I was given the opportunity to run Boston in 2013. And last but not least, I am running for you. It was you – my family, friends, and Panera associates, who for one minute cared enough to send positive thoughts and prayers for my safety. And for that, I am forever grateful.
It's also because of all of you that I am running this race for the Panera Fund, Friends in Knead. Again, THANK YOU! Run with me today, by sharing my story with others and donating $1 per mile by visiting:http://www.crowdrise.com/FriendsinKnead/fundraiser/robertcrumpton
The Panera family is beyond inspiring and your contributions are going directly to people in need. I am so lucky to be running on behalf of such a cool organization.
The combination of our Panera associates, YOU, my colleagues, friends and family, will be what carries me. But most of all those last 6.2 miles…I’m running those for my mom, it’s those 6.2 miles I WILL finish with heart.
I'm bib #34705! Pray for me and wish me luck!
Friends in Knead, Inc is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization funded primarily by voluntary donations from Panera LLC associates. The Purpose of the fund is to provide critically needed support and assistance to members of the Panera associate community faced with severe or unexpected emergencies or problems.