About Me –
As a mental health professional –
I am finishing up my second year in graduate school pursuing a M.S. in Counseling Psychology. The bombings at last year’s Boston Marathon left me with so many questions and concerns. The trauma so many people experienced, the anger and the grief that lay in wait for the initial shock to subside, all had me wondering what I could do to help.
As a fan of the Boston Marathon –
The first time I ever witnessed the Boston Marathon was in 2007 while supporting my sister, Desiree Davila Linden in her marathon debut during the middle of an epic Nor Easter (we grew up in Southern California). In 2008 I returned to the city to cheer Desiree on in her first Olympic Trials and then to watch the Boston Marathon the following day.
I returned to the Boston Marathon in 2011, and it was easily one of the happiest days of my life. I watched most of the race on the television until giving up the coverage to get a good spot on the road to watch the live finish, only to have Desiree appear right in front of me on Boylston Street, battling for first place with 800 meters to go!
The beauty of what it means to work hard and never give up on a dream ALL made sense to me at that moment.
As an athlete –
I grew up playing soccer and eventually went on to play field hockey at the University of California, Berkeley before joining the cross country team my senior year at Cal. Athletics have always been a big part of my life and endurance is an underlying strength of almost any successful athlete. The running community absolutely transcends the athletic community in that way, and I have found that many athletes eventually come to embrace the peace and serenity of long distance running. We are all united in that way.
As a human –
Last year's tragedy shook my faith to the very core. How could anyone attack such a peaceful community of people in such a vulnerable moment? It was heartbreaking to think of a place that holds so many amazing memories of accomplishment and triumph for so many, as a place of such sadness and loss. Life can challenge us and there are many times we are left with more questions than answers. I am honored to be given the opprotunity to run the Boston Marathon this year for the ONE FUND team and hope you will support the recovery of the victims and their families. by making a donation to this cause. It's time to rebuild the hope and faith in this community that I care so deeply about. #WeRunTogether #BostonStrong
"No one has ever become poor by giving." -- Anne Frank
About One Fund Boston --
One Fund Boston was formed to assist victims and families affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and in the days that followed. In the weeks after the Boston Marathon, through the incredible generosity of thousands of individuals, foundations and corporations, One Fund Boston has raised more than $60M for the victims and the families. In Late June, over $60M were distributed to more than 230 individuals who were injured.
The One Fund's mission to support those most impacted by the attacks is continuing as part of a collaborative effort to coordinate services to help the survivors and victims' families.
The recovery is just starting for many and it will be a long road. Their resilience has inspired our city and nation, and we ask that you continue to support and stand united with them. The One Fund is in the process of conducting a formal assessment to determine the long term needs of the victims, families and community and will announce its future plans once this assessment has been completed. One Fund Boston will work to establish this longer term operating model through communications with survivors and families in a manner that will provide for a productive transition from a victim relief fund to a service and support network. We will continue to provide updates on our website on the amount raised to support those most impacted by the 2013 Marathon attacks.
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