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Team Hoyt 2012 Boston Marathon

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BENEFITING: HOYT FOUNDATION

ORGANIZER: HOYT FOUNDATION

EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012

Neil Feldman

THE STORY:

Hello Friends,

As most of you already know, I have spent the last 10 years competing in marathons, triathlons and ultramarathons.  Along the way I've met some amazing and truly inspirational people.  There isn't a more inspirational team than Rick and Dick Hoyt!  I have competed along side of them in races, from sprint triathlons to Ironman triathlons, half marathons to the Boston Marathon, and can tell you, there is not a more competitive pair of athletes out there. In a world where people like to talk the talk, Rick and Dick walk the walk.  It is such an honor to run for Team Hoyt for their 30th Boston Marathon.  I will be doing all that I can to help Rick and Dick and their charities, and ask that you do the same with me.  Please consider supporting me and the team by donating to this wonderful cause, and these amazing people!  

Rick Hoyt was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt.  During child birth, Rick's umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck cutting off the supply of oxygen to Rick's brian.  He was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy.  Doctors advised Dick and Judy to institutionalize Rick because he was a vegetable.  Dick and Judy refused and brought Rick home.

Dick and Judy could tell that Rick could comprehend his surroundings even though the medical doctors continued to insist Rick was a vegetable.  In 1972, the Hoyt's took a second mortgage on their home, borrowing $5,000.  They paid that amount to a group of skilled engineers at Tufts University that built an "interactive computer" for Rick.  Rick was able to see the letters of the alphabet and select the ones he wanted by pressing a pad on the headrest of his wheelchair with his head, the only part of his body he can move voluntarily.  The first words Rick ever "spoke" were "Go Bruins!"  The Boston Bruins were in the Stanley Cup that year and it turned out Rick was a Bruins fan.

In the spring of 1977, Rick told his dad that he wanted to compete in a 5 mile road race to help raise money for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident.  Dick, a non-runner pushed Rick for the full 5 miles, and they finished next to last.  Later that night, Rick typed "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped."  And that is when it all started.

To date, Team Hoyt has finished 240 triathlons, 6 Ironman distance triathlons, 92 half marathons, 69 marathons, 32 Falmouth 7.1 milers, have a marathon PR of 2:40:47 and half marathon PR of 1:21:12.  They are two of only 25 total members of the Ironman Hall of Fame, carried the Olympic torch in 1996 and rode a bike from Santa Monica, CA to Boston Harbor in 45 consecutive days.

Last August, the Hoyt's received an e-mail from Boston Bruins' defenseman Andrew Ference that read, "I wanted to let you know that the Boston Bruins watched and were inspired by your video prior to our Stanley Cup victory.  It would be my honor to meet you and have you join me in Boston during my day with the Stanley Cup."  And they did.

On Monday, April 16, 2012, Dick and Rick Hoyt will be running their 30th Boston Marathon.  They will be joined by a team of 40 carefully selected athletes from Australia, Canada and across the United States to form the 2012 Team Hoyt Boston Marathon Team.  The team will be runningt to raise money for the Hoyt Foundation, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) charity whose purpose is help integrate handicapped people into everyday activities so they may live fruitful and productive lives.

None of the funds raised go to administration of the Hoyt Foundation as it is 100% run by volunteers.  The Hoyt Foundation gives gifts each year of $25,000 to the Easter Seals of MA.  summer camp programs, to Children's Hospital Boston- Augmentative Communication Enhancement Program,  and to the Elm Hill Center in Brookfield, MA. The Foundation also makes various donations to camps for the disabled and therapuetic horseback organizations in the Massachusetts area.

This years team is made possible by our generous sponsor and principal sponsor of the Boston MArathon, John Hancock.  We are very fortunate to be coached again this year by three time Boston Marathon Champion, former No. 1 ranked marathoner in the world, New York City Marathon Champion, Berlin Marathon Champion and former world record holder Uta Pippig.

Our team of both qualified and chairty runners have set a fundraising goal of $200,000 which would eclipse our former record by $75,000.  Please give generously as our runners train, sweat, hurt and raise funds for the Hoyt Foundation, Inc.  The Hoyt Foundation, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) charity.  Checks can be made payable to the Hoyt Foundation, Inc. and mailed to 241 Mashapaug Road, Holland, Massachusetts 01521.

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$4,440

MONEY RAISED
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  • Neil Feldman

    $100

  • Tim and Cindy Gray

    $150

  • The Herlihy Family

     

  • The Jannery Family

    $100

  • John & Jeanne

    $500

  • The Domino Family

     

  • The Hayeck Family

    $100

  • Eric & Cindy Busenburg

    $100

  • Ron Adler and Heather Robinson

    $100

  • Angelos Spetseris

    $100

  • The Foley family

     

  • The Andrew Abu Family

     

  • The Decelles Family

     

  • Michael Rapoport

    $30

  • Lauren Maldonado

    $50

  • Brian and June Carroll

    $100

  • Joan Nadler

    $26

  • Ben and Carolyn Lieberman

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Brian Fine

    $100

  • Fran Madigan

     

  • Mark Lustig

    $26

  • Niki Powers

     

  • Donald Pelto

    $100

  • Mike and Lauren Roberts

    $100

  • Tom & Sherrie McNamara

    $100

  • Jensen

    $100

  • Ed and Resa Sherr

     

  • Jim Koch

     

  • Complete HealthCare Solutions, Inc.

    $100

  • glenn kessler

    $100

  • dan buzzell

    $50

  • Robin Cutler

     

  • The Pizzi Family

    $250

  • Gayle Galletta

     

  • Alan Harris

     

  • Trigger Point Performance

    $250

  • Donald and Tina Mancini

    $50

  • The Bafaro Family

    $300

  • Jo, Steven & Michael

    $200

  • Larry Rosen

    $100

  • Danielle and Dave Dykeman

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $52

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74% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $222,904 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Ian Duffy

Amount Raised

$12,729

 

127% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Kellyn Gowen

Amount Raised

$10,527

 

175% Raised of $6,000 Goal

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Tammy Stapleton

Amount Raised

$9,567

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Jim Pathman

Amount Raised

$9,030

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Trish Newsom

Amount Raised

$8,398

 

168% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Maureen Hayes

Amount Raised

$8,265

 

165% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Jennifer Famiglietti

Amount Raised

$8,216

 

164% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Chuck Wagner

Amount Raised

$8,007

 

160% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $52

6 years ago

Danielle and Dave Dykeman

Danielle and Dave Dykeman

DONATION: $200

Go Neil and Go Hoyts!!! 6 years ago

Larry Rosen

Larry Rosen

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Jo, Steven & Michael

Jo, Steven & Michael

DONATION: $200

6 years ago

The Bafaro Family

The Bafaro Family

DONATION: $300

Good Luck Neil ! 6 years ago

Donald and Tina Mancini

Donald and Tina Mancini

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

Trigger Point Performance

Trigger Point Performance

DONATION: $250

6 years ago

Alan Harris

Alan Harris

6 years ago

Gayle Galletta

Gayle Galletta

6 years ago

The Pizzi Family

The Pizzi Family

DONATION: $250

6 years ago