As most of you know by now, I am currently training for next month’s Boston Marathon – my first attempt at a marathon altogether. It’s been a sore couple of months to say the least, but the big day is almost a month away!
This past July at around 3am, we were awaken by the sound of a fire alarms and the smell of smoke. Barefoot but safely across the street, we watched in utter disbelief as the dozens of firefighters rushed into our house to fight the flames. The Red Cross volunteers arrived soon after, offering invaluable guidance on picking up the pieces of our lives and much needed financial support to help us get back on our feet. The support was on-going and covered everything from finding emergency lodging and clothing to dealing with our landlord's insurance provider.
We were blessed to have recovered most of our belongings and have supportive family and friends just a phone call away, yet many are not as fortunate. Somerville alone experienced roughly 17 fires this past summer, displacing hundreds of residents. I cannot imagine the feeling of having no one to call or help after watching everything you own disappear.
Fundraising is the best way that I can give back and say "thank you". Please join me supporting the American Red Cross. Every dollar counts!
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