After a (sort of) year off, I'm back running the Boston Marathon in 2018, and I'm excited to be representing Last Call Foundation! I ran for LCF in 2015, and saw how the money I raised was immediately put to good use helping provide a safer and more effective working environment for Boston's firefighters.
Since I ran for LCF two years ago, the organization has provided the Boston Sparks Association a $232,000 grant that allowed them to purchase a new canteen truck, which provides firefighters with food and critical supplies while they are battling exceptionally large blazes.
The foundation has also purchased and helped install industrial washers that remove carcinogens from firefighting gear at 25 different Boston fire houses. LCF has also worked closely with Worcester Polytechnic Institute to help develop a new type of firefighting hose that will be safer and more effective that current versions.
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.