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February 18, 2012

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BENEFITING: HOYT FOUNDATION

ORGANIZER: HOYT FOUNDATION

EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012

Sheila Beermann

THE STORY:

On April 16, 2012, nearly 27,000 runners will start the running of the 116 Boston Marathon - and I am so blessed to be one of them!  But more importantly I have the honor to run as a member of Team Hoyt, the father/son team Dick and Rick Hoyt whose campaign "YES YOU CAN" inspired me last year as I had the opportunity to run a small portion of the Boston Marathon with them.   

The Team Hoyt story has been such an inspiration to my running adventures and I am sure their story will touch your heart as well.  Please see their amazing story below and I ask that you consider donating in my name to this non-profit organization as I run for this worthwhile cause.  You can help me to make every mile count even more!

 

 

Sheila R. Beermann

 

 

 

HOYT FOUNDATION wrote -

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, 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.

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. 

$1,837

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kevin Beermann

    $50

  • Jim and Connie Barrie

    $50

  • Rod and Marcia Knutson

    $50

  • Merna Bye

    $50

  • Amy & George Lundgren

    $50

  • Mark & Beth Bottolfson

    $50

  • Barb & Chuck Littel

    $50

  • Mike Cranny

    $50

  • Pete and Marilyn Anderson

    $50

  • Dave & Nikki Stammer

    $50

  • Skippy B.

    $20

  • MJH

    $100

  • Paul Lundberg

    $50

  • Earl & Anita Stugelmeyer

    $50

  • Ruth and Paul Bremer

    $27

  • Cianna, Lori & Corey Fanta

    $50

  • Jeromey, Tobie & Breckin Hannel

    $25

  • Chris Girard

    $30

  • Jason Hubers/Great Plains Brokerage

    $250

  • Rick Hohn

    $50

  • Bill Lynch

    $50

  • Susan Proefrock

    $50

  • Ryan and Angela Arlt

    $50

  • Martin, Shawna, Anna, Sarah, Paige & Ryan Schmidt

    $50

  • Merle Krull

    $25

  • Cindy Knudsen

    $50

  • Sarah Delaney

    $30

  • Dick and Sandy Gosnell

    $25

  • Alan & Janet Karel

    $50

  • Sue Thompson

    $20

  • Ruth Rupp

    $40

  • Pennee Clanton

    $20

  • Jacque and Ed White

    $50

  • Toni McEntee

    $25

  • Janis Heier

    $30

  • Susan Kurtz

    $50

  • Brad Fowler/ Jeannine Fowler

    $20

  • Kim & Bret Johnson

    $50

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The Team: $222,904 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

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

Fundraiser Title

Jim Pathman

Amount Raised

$9,030

Fundraiser Title

Trish Newsom

Amount Raised

$8,398

 

168% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Maureen Hayes

Amount Raised

$8,265

 

165% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jennifer Famiglietti

Amount Raised

$8,216

 

164% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chuck Wagner

Amount Raised

$8,007

 

160% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Kim & Bret Johnson

Kim & Bret Johnson

DONATION: $50

7 years ago

Brad Fowler/ Jeannine Fowler

Brad Fowler/ Jeannine Fowler

DONATION: $20

7 years ago

Susan Kurtz

Susan Kurtz

DONATION: $50

7 years ago

Janis Heier

Janis Heier

DONATION: $30

You are a blessing to many, Sheila. Keep the faith and run strong! We support you! 7 years ago

Toni McEntee

Toni McEntee

DONATION: $25

7 years ago

Jacque and Ed White

Jacque and Ed White

DONATION: $50

7 years ago

Sue Thompson

Sue Thompson

DONATION: $20

7 years ago

Ruth Rupp

Ruth Rupp

DONATION: $40

7 years ago

Pennee Clanton

Pennee Clanton

DONATION: $20

7 years ago

Alan & Janet Karel

Alan & Janet Karel

DONATION: $50

7 years ago