Karen White via Crowdrise
October 28, 2011
BENEFITING: HOYT FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: HOYT FOUNDATION
EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012
Help me make a difference!
This year I will be running the Boston Marathon on behalf of the Hoyt Foundation. This will be my fourth running and my second year with the team. For those of you that don't know the story of the Hoyt's or their foundation, it's one mixed with faith, miracles and the power to overcome despite overwhelming obstacles. I know that in some way or another, I will always be part of the Hoyt Family for the rest of my life.
Rick Hoyt was born disabled and diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic. Ignoring the advice of doctors, Rick and Judy Hoyt were determined to raise their son in normal, loving surroundings. It wasn't too long for the Hoyt's to figure out that Rick could understand the family members around him.
So, with a specially outfitted computer pad, Rick learned to communicate with his family. And, after his friend became disabled in an accident, Rick asked his dad to do something for the family. Dick wasn't exactly in the best of shape, but agreed. And for 5 miles, pushed Rick in a special chair. In those days, late 70's, there weren't exactly any racing chairs around!
The rest is history!
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 40 consecutive days.
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 summer camp programs and, of course, to the Tufts University Interactive Computer Department.
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.