BENEFITING: Perkins School For The Blind
ORGANIZER: Perkins School For The Blind
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
The 2014 Boston Marathon is about more than just a running race. It’s about the unshakable group of people who run 26.2 miles every year on Patriots Day, the Boston community and their resiliency. I am beyond excited to have another opportunity to cross the finish line as part of Team Perkins, for all of the students who have made a permanent and positive impact on my life.
I am in my final year of physical therapy school at Northeastern University. In my six years at NU, I completed a six month co-op (internship) in the lower school program and instantly fell in love with Perkins. I still jump at any opportunity to return and spend a day with the incredible students and staff. I am humbled by all of the resources and opportunities Perkins provides and that is why I am looking forward to running for Team Perkins again.
Since I moved to Boston six years ago, I fell in love with this city. Last year, I lined up at the starting line thinking that April 15, 2013 would be one of the most memorable days of my life, and it was, for many reasons. People lined every inch of the 26.2 marathon course. There were familes having parties, children reaching for high fives, and countless people yelling and cheering- I felt like a celebrity. I was surprised how quickly the first 13 miles went, but by the time I reached the top of heartbreak hill, I was emotionally drained, physically exhausted, and eager to cross the finish! I was abruptly stopped around the 25 mile marker and told that the race was finished. Along with thousands of other runners, I was confused and unaware of the happenings at the finish line.
Once I connected with my family and friends, knowing everyone was safe, I was able to digest what happened. From a personal perspective, I ran 25 miles and yet did not finish the marathon, but I was even more heartbroken for my family who was waiting for me at the finish and for my roommates who were among the first responders. I was lucky that everyone I knew was safe but the city that I have grown to love was devastated.
Here’s the part where you all can help! This year, my goal is to raise at least $2,000 for the school! All donated money will go directly to Perkins and every little bit helps. For those of you that would prefer to donate offline you can write a check to PERKINS with my name in the memo/for line and send to:
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Thank you again for your continual support. & I will see you at the finish line :)