BENEFITING: LAST CALL FOUNDATION INC
ORGANIZER: LAST CALL FOUNDATION INC
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
RUNNING WITH MY HEART
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 that 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.
It has been an honor serving as a board member of Last Call Foundation and helping Mike’s mother, Kathy Crosby-Bell, make positive changes after going through 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 since we lost Mike, and who have helped LCF grow. Thanks to you all I was able to raise over 25,000 dollars for last years marathon, something I am beyond proud of.
And to Mike-I miss you every day.1437
The mission of the Last Call Foundation is to provide funding, education and research to advance the safety needs of the Boston firefighting community
The Last Call Foundation was founded by Kathy Crosby-Bell in honor of her son, fallen Firefighter Michael Ryan Kennedy, who along with Lieutenant Edward Walsh died battling the nine-alarm fire on March 26, 2014 in Boston’s Back Bay. This tragedy highlighted the unique challenges facing Boston’s firefighters. The Last Call Foundation is committed to identifying and addressing these challenges to enhance Boston firefighters’ ability to safely and effectively fight fires and protect each of us. With your help, we can avoid future tragedy and, hopefully, save lives.
Renovation and Updating of Firehouses
The Organization will support improvements, renovations and updates to firehouses throughout the city of Boston. Boston’s infrastructure is aged and firehouses are no exception. Boston’s historically significant firehouses are difficult and expensive to maintain and retrofit with modern equipment.
Educate the public to the needs of Boston’s Fire Department
Boston’s firefighters need state-of-the-art tools and technology on the fire ground to better protect themselves and the public. This is particularly important given the fire safety challenges of a historic and densely populated city like Boston. The Boston Fire Department responded to 74,191 calls in 2013, yet the public is largely unaware of the tremendous challenges they face.
The Last Call Foundation will work to raise awareness and educate the public about the working conditions and health issues faced by firefighters today. Given the responsibilities and inherent risks of their profession, these issues are vitally important to firefighters. The chronic exposure to heat, smoke and toxins that firefighters experience while in the line of duty raise health issues not seen in the general civilian population. Fatigue while in full gear can lead to injury – injuries that more modern engineering could mitigate or eliminate. Over-exertion, stress and medical issues accounted for the largest share of deaths in 2013 (NFPA). Sudden cardiac deaths account for 42% of the on duty deaths in the last five years (NFPA).
Research, education, and collaboration are critical to enhancing the safety and well-being of Boston firefighters and our community. The public is safer when the heroic firefighters responding to their alarms are safer.
The risk of death and destruction from fires is a major concern to the Last Call Foundation. Therefore, we are driven by a desire to partner with engineers and scientists who are at the forefront of innovation, to advance the field of fire safety. Simply put, the public is safer when the heroic firefighters responding to their alarms are safer. The Last Call Foundation is committed to provide seed and bridge funding for gifted scientists and their graduate fellows who are the emerging leaders in the field of Fire Protection Engineering. To sustain momentum and promote the next wave of big ideas, philanthropy must step up to take a front-and-center role in supporting their research efforts. With your help, the Last Call Foundation is prepared to take the lead in this critical endeavor.
The Organization plans to establish a permanent memorial to Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Ryan Kennedy within the Engine 33 Ladder 15 district. Such a memorial would serve as a permanent remembrance of these courageous firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. It will ensure that these brave men are never forgotten. The memorial aims to provide a reminder to the public of the sacrifices made by these men and women, and remind the public
Every firefighter is a hero every day.
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