Almost One Month to Til Race Day
March 12, 2017
BENEFITING: RODMAN RIDE FOR KIDS
ORGANIZER: RODMAN RIDE FOR KIDS
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
As many of you may remember who knew me for the first time last year, I had the unbelievable chance to run for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts in the 2017 120th running of the Boston Marathon. Thanks to all of you, I was able to raise nearly $10,000 for this phenomenal organization, and was kind enough to have been referred in by Eric Spindt, though I did putting a whooping on his previous record time by coming in at 3:49 :)
Eric, not that I can blame him, is running for Special Olympics of Massachusetts this year. Due to the tremendous and thankfully overwhelming amount of people who want to run the Marathon on behalf of the hundreds of organizations that get numbers, I looked around and one of our own, Jeff Baron, kindly had me get in contact with the Rodman Ride for Kids.
I had done volunteer work with the Rodman Ride during the past in my career, but having the chance to run the Boston Marathon again, and on their behalf was an opportunity that once presented to me, I could not pass up. I am tremendously humbled and honored to have the chance to run on their behalf.
I have a stretch goal of $10,000 again this year, and part of that fundraising effort comes from getting in contact with as many people as possible, and asking for them to donating whatever they can to the Rodman Ride for Kids cause, no matter how small. Trust me, every single cent makes a different to this organization, and I have thankfully gotten to spend a large amount of my professional career volunteering with organizations such as this, focused on enhancing the lives of those less fortunate than us.
I have been in the midst of what has been an off-and-on mild, and gruesomely cold winter during training. Last weekend, I hit 18 miles, and thus far have been free of injury (knock on wood!). I continue to work diligently to ensure that I have my health and can run with a respectable time on Marathon Monday, but most importantly I want to cross the finish line in Copley Square with the Rodman Ride uniform on, knowing that my run made a difference in many children's lives, based on the fortunate and giving network of friends, family, and colleagues, I have had the pleasure of being blessed with knowing in my life.
Below is information related to the Rodman Ride cause, which helps at risk children. As someone who grew up in an area in Maine where many had financial struggles, I was able to witness first hand some of the kids who were at severe disadvantages, but had such a tremendous amount to offer the world, if given the right push in the right direction. Children are the foundation and structure of the future of our society, both for ourselves, as well as for our children and future generations.
I hope you will join me, and ask that you donate any amount that you are able to provide in support of this wonderful and dedicated organization. Thank you so much!!!
RODMAN RIDE FOR KIDS wrote -
The Rodman Ride for Kids is an umbrella matching gift charity raising funds for 50 youth-focused social service charities that support at-risk children in Massachusetts.
The 50 affiliated charities serve over 250,000,000 kids through a variety of services in different communities in Massachusetts. The youth they serve are homeless, seriously ill, academically at-risk, economically disadvantaged, living in poverty, low-income households, live in foster care, have developmental disabilities, abused or neglected, malnourished. The need to support the kids are greater than ever! The average age of a homeless person in Massachusetts is 8 years old. The department of education reported that there were more than 20,000 kids in 2015/2016 school year impacted by homelessness.
The Ride for Kids and our 50 affiliated charities fundraise year-round, culminating with the Ride event, a 25, 50, or 100 mile non-competitive cycling tour. The 27th annual Ride for Kids event is on Saturday, September 23rd.
The expenses associated with the Ride for Kids are less than 2.2% of the total revenue, and they are all underwritten by Rodman Ford. This means that when you donate to the Ride for Kids, 100% of your donation will directly benefit at-risk kids!
Our mission is to have every kids in our community live as we would want our own kids to live.
The Ride was founded in 1991 and to date we have raised over $122 million for at-risk kids in Massachusetts.
For more information, please visit www.rodmanforkids.org.