BENEFITING: Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
ORGANIZER: Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! This year is extra exciting for me because not only does it mark my third consecutive Boston Marathon, it will be my first experience teaming up with a charity I hold very close to my heart, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC). I’m a proud supporter of the MDSC and all they do to champion individuals with Down syndrome and their families, and I ask that you help support me in this valuable endeavor by contributing to my fundraising efforts.
I’m running for the MDSC because they make individuals with Down syndrome lives better, including my 14-year-old cousin Bobby Dever. Ever since I was a child I have looked up to Bobby and his family, the Devers, as a symbol of kindness, love, and tireless bravery. At the heart of that inspiration has been Bobby and his three sisters, Jennifer, Kelly, and Katie, who have proven to me countless times that four siblings with very individual personalities can work together to ensure that everyone has the chance to be the best they can be. The MDSC has also helped the Devers in achieving that goal by providing an immeasurable sense of community with other individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Bobby’s mother and my aunt, Kim Dever, works directly with the MDSC as a member of the Board of Directors.
My personal connection with the MDSC officially began at mile 17 of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. It was my first Boston and I knew my aunt Kim and my cousin Katie would be stationed at the MDSC water stop at mile 17. “Look for us! We’ll be cheering for you,” my aunt texted me before the race. It wasn’t until I got to mile 17 did I realize just how tired I would be and just how much that cheering would mean to me. My heart was soaring like it never soared before after finishing the race, but hours later it was utterly heartbroken, as that particular Boston Marathon turned out to be a tragically historical day for everyone in Boston and beyond. It was also a day unlike any other for reminding me to be grateful to have a loving and loyal family such as the Devers safe at my side, cheering me on at the MDSC water stop at mile 17.
I recall that moment frequently on my long runs when I get tired and want to stop. It serves as a reminder that we all need championing and cheering at all stages of life. We all deserve a chance to be the best we can be, which is what the Boston Marathon provides for me. Likewise, the MDSC enriches the lives of people who deserve it and supporting them is supporting families like the Devers. I hope you can join me in this journey by donating to my fundraising page. I really appreciate all your support and thank you. Don’t forget to check back for updates and photos. I will see you at mile 17!
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress wrote -
The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress strives to ensure all individuals with Down syndrome are valued, included, and given opportunities to lead meaningful lives in the community by providing information, networking opportunities, and advocacy for people with Down syndrome and their families, educators, health care professionals, and the community-at-large.
Since 2012, the MDSC has been an official charity of the John Hancock™ Non-Profit Marathon Program. We are proud to return as an official charity for the renowned 2015 Boston Marathon™ and are grateful for the charity bibs we received from the John Hancock™ Non-Profit Marathon Program for the 119th Boston Marathon.
Each year, Team MDSC raises significant awareness and funds that directly support our programs and services, such as Parents First Call, AIM: Teen and Young Adult Program, the Self-Advocate Advisory Council, Educational Resources, and our local and national advocacy efforts to improve the lives of all individuals with Down syndrome.
Our runners are passionate, self-less, and dedicated individuals who want to raise awareness and funds for the MDSC so we can improve the lives of people with Down syndrome. To read more about our runners and donate directly to them, click on the pages in “The Team” section below.