BENEFITING: American Red Cross
EVENT DATE: May 19, 2013
As an elementary teacher and a marathon runner I have found the events of the last few months devastating. The Newtown school shooting in December and the Boston Marathon bombings this past Monday have shattered my idyllic view of the quiet, safe New England that I was raised in and love. Elementary school is a sacred place in our society; it is a place where children come to learn and grow it should never be a place where students enter hesitantly. Much the same the Boston Marathon is a sacred event in the running community. It is an event that every marathoner aspires to run and should never be a place of anything but satisfaction and celebration. These two events have stunned and angered me and left me questioning our world and my place in it. Over the last few days I have thought of little more than the victims, which has left me with an overwhelming compulsion to do something. On May 19th I will run the Sugarloaf Marathon in honor of the victims of these events. I hope to raise $1000 in donations to the Red Cross, an organization that has assisted with both events and that helps people in their moment of need everyday. I know $1000 and a 26.2 mile run will not make a huge difference to those personally impacted by these awful tragedies however my hope is that it will be one positive ripple of hope and change. If you are willing and able to donate to this cause your contribution would be accepted with immense gratitude. Thank you!