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Bonnie and Bob
Bonnie and Bob SAYS:
“The world is good. People …
“The world is good. People are good. It takes a day like the Boston Marathon to reaffirm these truths.” – Michael Connelly

My Boston marathon journey started on 8/21/2012, just one day before my 50th birthday. It was a 1.02 mile run which lasted just 10 minutes. I did not know that I was embarking on both a physical and spiritual endeavor. On 4/21/2014, (608 days, 1,293 training miles and 5 pairs of running shoes later), I finished my first marathon in 5 hours and 39 minutes, 30,087th overall and 1,338th in my division. The warmer than expected temp made it a difficult day for most runners including Bob who had severe leg cramps from dehydration – plus it didn’t help that just 5 days earlier he had used all his glycogen stores after his bout with the dreaded norovirus. Although he urged me to run on, we stayed and finished together as we had during all of our training runs. I consider this to be my best race ever because I got to 1) finish AND with Bob AND with friends who also got to complete their first Boston marathon 2) be part of not only the world’s oldest marathon but probably one of the greatest sporting events ever with over 1 million Boston strong fans lining the entire 26.2 mile route who cheered on 36,000+ runners and 3) most importantly, raise over $15,000 to help the youngest of cancer patients at MGH. Standing on the starting line at Hopkinton is a privilege which was only made possible because of each of your generous gifts to MGH. I am forever indebted to you because you enabled a dream of mine to come true. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Many people have asked will I run Boston again. My answer is no. How could I top a perfect marathon? With much love and gratitude, Bonnie & Bob
P.S. We want to share some of the joy we experienced and have posted some pictures to this album on snap fish. http://www1.snapfish.com/snapfish/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=7285596017/a=4226307_4226307/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=snapfish/
3 years ago
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Bonnie and Bob
Bonnie and Bob SAYS:
Hi there! Just 21 days until…
Hi there!
Just 21 days until Marathon day! Training has been a bit challenging given the ever changing New England weather and various injuries that Bob and I have been managing. We were both nervous for the team’s long run yesterday …20 miles from Hopkinton to Heartbreak Hill. But we did it! What buoyed us was your support. And throughout the day we were inspired by our family and friends and their families and friends who have been impacted by cancer.
Although we likely won’t be winning any purse money, you can get texts throughout marathon day on how far we are behind the Kenyans. Go to the link below. Our bib #s are 31048 and 32109
http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/att-athlete-alert.aspx

Thanks again for your support and for bridging the gap between the hope and reality of finding a cure.
Love and gratitude
Bonnie & Bob
3 years ago
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Bonnie and Bob
Bonnie and Bob SAYS:
What counts in life is not t…
What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
— Nelson Mandela
Dear Sandy and Leigh,
Thank you for your immediate response and your most generous support of me, Bob and MGH. Know that your gift will make a difference in bridging the gap between the hope and reality of finding a cure for cancer. In addition, some of the funds we raise help support important, healing services such as music therapy that otherwise would unavailable. Through music therapy (100% funded through donations), children with cancer can develop skills to help them through their cancer, provides them an outlet for their emotions, can help reduce stress, and decrease side effects like nausea and manage pain. Thank you for making a difference in these young patients’ lives. Just watch this video to see the joy! http://www.massgeneral.org/cancer/news/multimedia.aspx?id=246
Wishing you a joyful and healthy 2014!
With deep gratitude and much love,
Bonnie & Bob

PS Will be looking forward to seeing my two favorite cheerleaders on marathon day! xoxo
4 years ago
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Sandy Mitchell
Chestnut Hill, MA United States
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