CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY INC via Crowdrise
December 31, 2012
18 years ago when i started my journey to run the Boston Marathon, it was done to pay tribute to my mother, Zelda. My mantra became "I am doing it for Zelda". During that first marathon, proudly wearing Zelda on my singlet and people yelling Zelda you can do it, is when I realized that there is so much I can accomplish as I pay tribute to others. It is during these 18 years of this journey that i was paying hommage to others not as fortunate. I know that Sue, Scott, Boone, and Tim (friends who succumbed to horrific diseases) are in those grand stands at the finish line cheering me along with Zelda to accomplish my lofty goals. Also to see my good friend Bob who has overcome liver disease, makes me know that the fruits of our labor are succeeding.
Come this April I will have completed 14 Boston Marathons (I beat the odds of finishing one marathon let alone 14) and volunteered 18 years for Christmas in the City. Thru these 18 years there are two constants: In Apri a day does not go by when someone asks me am if I am running the marathon again and in December, someone asking me about Chrismas in the CIty. Surprising that the Boston Marathon and Christmas in the City define me as a person. In the years that i have been involved i have seen CITC grow from serving 1200 kids to this year where we will host over 4000 kids to the Chrismas in the City WInter Wonderland Party and over 10,000 kids the following day. I got involved in CITC to say thank you to Jake Kennedy who helped get me across my first finish line in the Boston Marathon. Knowing you have support to get across any finish line is so important in life, I now know i can get across any finish line. At the moment, thru CITC, I am helping Danielle get up to the starting line and to make it across the finsih line. Danielle has not been as fortunate as we are, but with the support of CITC she will succeed in life.
Another constant in my life have been Jake and Sparky. Thank you for such a great friendship. And of course i would be remiss not to thank my family for their support and constant growing. To volunteer for an organization that is 100% volunteer and to know 100% that all the monies raised are going to the cause makes running so worth while.
I have been very fortunate to be able to raise close to $300,000 during these years. To say this is humbling is an understatment. WIthout your support i would never ever haver been able to do this and to pay tribute to those I love and help those that are less fortunate than we are. I ask for your support again to help with the mission of Christmas in the CIty a 100% volunteer organization helping bring dreams come true and promises to be kept to the homeless children of Boston and the surrounding communities. It is only with your help that we can succeed.
Very humbly, THANK YOU AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Barry, the Christmas in the City Guy!!!