On April 15, 2013 I ran in my first Boston marathon. My parents came with me that year to cheer me on & stood around the corner from that iconic finish line.
The same day, an innocent 8 year old boy was killed in the bombing at the finish line of that same Boston marathon. His name was Martin Richard. Shortly after his death a photo of him holding a handmade poster reading, “No more hurting people. Peace” was widely shared across the Internet – you may have seen it. This year, I am returning to Boston as I have done every year since those bombings to run in the marathon and show my endless support to the city of Boston…a city and a community that have only grown stronger since that terrible day.
This year, I am humbled beyond words to be running the marathon as part of Team MR8. A team formed by Martin’s parents. “MR8,” stands for Martin Richard’s initials and his favourite sports number, 8. The Martin Richard Foundation’s mission is to invest in programs and projects that promote kindness and service in the community. To date the team has raised over $150,000. Please join me in reaching my target of $2500 to support Martin’s Mission of peace.
Here's a little bit about this truly incredible Foundation:
Founded in 2014, the Martin Richard Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin, who was killed in the bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. In the days after his death, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read “No more hurting people. Peace” was shared over the Internet. To Martin, peace meant togetherness, teamwork, fairness, sportsmanship, inclusion, and kindness.
The Martin Richard Foundation provides opportunities for individuals and communities to live out the values of peace, justice and kindness.
By encouraging people to choose kindness, work for inclusion, and embrace diversity in local communities, we aim to influence a generation to live out these values through positive civic engagement We strive to: · Challenge youth and adults to take action and to foster greater togetherness, in their communities through service and activities that reflect our values. · Motivate and enable people to be thinkers, up-standers and peacemakers.
· Choose kindness · Build bridges · Do more.