BENEFITING: LAST CALL FOUNDATION INC
ORGANIZER: LAST CALL FOUNDATION INC
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
After the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings I vowed that 2014 would be my year to run my first and last marathon ever. I only wanted to do it once, and I wanted to do it that year to support all the people who were killed or injured at the bombing. On March 26th, 2014, less then a month before the marathon, Boston lost two brave heroes in the Beacon Street fire. One was Lieutenant Ed Walsh, and the other was Firefighter Michael Kennedy, known to some as Mike, many as Dork, and to me, as the guy I had spent most of my adult life being in love with.
In 2009 I cheered Mike on as he ran the Boston Marathon, his first of 3 marathons. Mike was also planning on running the 2014 Boston Marathon. One of the last things that he said to me on March 26th was that he wanted to run the marathon faster then me so that he would be there to cheer me on like I cheered him on as he crossed his first marathon finish line. The marathon was a bittersweet day, but Mike's spirit was there in the form of hundreds of people wearing "Dork Strong" tee shirts throughout the course. I was able to run wearing both of our bibs in his honor last year, something that meant so much to me. While I don't particularly like running, I vowed that I would continue to run every year that my body will allow me to in Mike’s memory.
Spending time with Mike’s mother, Kathy Crosby-Bell, and helping her get Last Call Foundation off the ground has been the best therapy for me over the past 10 months. It makes it feel like some positive can come out of one of the most horrific things imaginable. The Last Call Foundation strives to help avoid future tragedies for the firefighting community, and I couldn’t think of a more perfect cause to be running in Mike’s honor and fundraising for.
Thank you so so much to all my family, friends, and strangers who became friends, who have been there for me throughout the past year, I love you all and would be lost without you.
And to Mike-I miss you every day. 1437