Dear Friends & Family,
On April 15th, 2013 I will be running the Boston Marathon for the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton, MA. For those of you who don't know about the Respite Center it is a truly special center that serves local families with children and young adults that have severe disabilities by providing daycare, after-school care and weekend respite care. This center gives young adults with special needs a purpose and a place where they can grow and thrive in so many ways. It gives younger chidren with severe disabilities a place to go to get top notch care to allow their families a much needed break. The minute you step foot into this charming house in Hopkinton your heart will melt, I promise you. The smiles on these children's faces and the compassion seen by the staff give life a whole new meaning. Michael's mom started this center in 1997 after he passed away. He was born 16 weeks premature and had severe brain injuries. He required a great deal of medical care and multiple surgeries. He died of complications when he was 10 years-old. She desperately wanted to carry on his legacy and give back to other families in desperate need of a "time out." It is more then just a place for these kids to go so mom and dad can get a night out, it is a home away from home with the most loving staff you will find anywhere.
Two years ago when Holly and I ran together I stopped by there to drop off some girl scout cookies to the children, young adults and staff just weeks before the marathon. I was greeted by the best smiles in town and some of the young adults there were so eager to come outside with me on the porch to take a picture. They knew exactly what I was doing for them and their appreciation and warm greeting gave me the extra push I needed to run my 20 mile run that weekend. It is because of this cause that I get up and run for 3 hours on a Sunday morning to get my 18-20 mile runs in. I am blessed with 3 healthy children and I feel that it is my duty as a mother, nurse and human being who has the ability to lace up her sneaks and hit the pavement to do just that and run for this awesome cause. When I think about how lucky I am to be able to run this race for them it motivates me to be the best person I can be in all aspects of my life. These families run their own "marathon" everyday caring for these children and young adults. It is a "marathon" that does not end in Boston with a medal and a lot of praise and crowds cheering them on. It is a "marathon" of constant medical care, supervision and sleepless nights. The Respite Center opens their doors to these families so they can get a break from their "marathons" in life. Please help me by donating so that my run can help make their "run" that much easier.
My fundraising goal this year is $5,000.00. I would greatly appreciate any amount that you are able to donate to this cause and every dollar helps tremendously. I guarantee you that all of the money raised will benefit these families in so many incredible ways. The Respite is one of the legacy charity teams for the marathon. Not just any charity gets the chance to obtain numbers for runners . A huge reason this center is able to remain open is because of the money raised at the marathon. Every $75 raised provides a child and family with overnight respite care and all donations are tax deductible. Please check out their website to learn more about the Respite Center at www.hopkintonrespite.com. Thank you in advance for your generosity. It means so much to me!