Chuck Wagner via Crowdrise
October 17, 2012
On April 15th, 2013, I will be running the 117th Boston Marathon as a charity selected runner for Team Hoyt, representing the Hoyt Foundation Inc.; which is a father (Dick age 72) and son (Rick age 50) team that competes year-round in distance runs and triathlons raising awareness for people with special disabilities. I am fortunate to be joining Team Hoyt for a 3rd consecutive year as a member of their 31st Boston Marathon Team! The past few years with the Hoyt's has truly been an experience of a lifetime and I'd like to say THANK YOU to all my generous donors; family, friends, colleagues, and other anonymous donors who helped me raise an AMAZING final total last year of $8,007 dollars!! This eclipsed my 2011 fundraising total of $7,474 dollars. Thank you for supporting me and the Hoyt Foundation! All of your contributions have allowed my dream of running, fundraising, and a member of Team Hoyt come true. Through your generosity and support you have helped raise over $15,000 dollars directly benefiting the Hoyt Foundation Inc.
I’m back again this year with a goal of raising more money to support the Hoyt Foundations efforts in the community and spread their inspirational message of Yes You Can! I also will be running with a heavy heartn this year to honor my friend Leo’s memory as he passed away on 2/2/2013 following a long battle and recovery from an ATV accident suffered in November 2011.Leo was a person full of life and the strength he showed during his fight inspired me in ways I couldn't imagine. I am honored to be a part of Team Hoyt and I’m dedicating my 2013 run in Boston to him as I run 26.2 miles with a picture of him on my back and him with me in spirit. Team Hoyt supported Leo with inspiring messages of encouragement during his recovery, which shows the genuine kind hearted nature that is Team Hoyt.
Please join me in supporting Team Hoyt's message of, Yes You Can!, by clicking on the DONATE BUTTON at the TOP RIGHT section of the page to make a contribution today. The Hoyt Foundation, Inc., is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donation gifts are FULLY Tax Deductible.
My personal commitmentas a runner for Team Hoyt is $5,000 dollars for the 2013 Boston Marathon. Please help join me in sharing this once in a lifetime experience as I embark on an incredible journey from San Diego to Boston for the 2013 Boston Marathon with Team Hoyt. Please help the Hoyt Foundation continue to inspire and enable people with physical disabilities to be active in the community by making a contribution using this fundraising page. Donations for this cause of any amount are greatly appreciated and every dollar truly counts. Donation gifts are FULLY Tax Deductible.
Please Help Support
Donations can be made two ways: You can donate through this secure web page by hitting the “Donate”button at the top of this page and follow the instructions accordingly. The other way is to send a Check made payable toThe Hoyt Foundation Inc and mail to my attention: Chuck Wagner, 1024 Oliver Ave., San Diego, CA 92109.The Hoyt Foundation, Inc., is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Thanks in advance for all of your support in this effort and please forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate to the Hoyt Foundation too!
Why I’m Running
I learned about Team Hoyt and the Hoyt Foundation from the race director in 2010 through coaching their son’s lacrosse team. I remember when they sent me an email with information about Team Hoyt and the Hoyt Foundation. The first time I viewed the website and read the About Team Hoyt section, I was simply blown away by the Hoyt’s story. I realized this was a truly inspirational story; a story of courage and perseverance of a father and son who set out to accomplish a goal together and not only achieved their goal, but brought it to an unimaginable level.
Later that year, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. This diagnosis was a surprise to me, my family, friends, and colleagues at work. Since my diagnosis I have come to accept and take responsibility for my mental health disorder that I’m learning to live with on a daily basis. During my hospitalization, the possibility of running for the Hoyt Foundation was something that was a positive that kept me motivated during that difficult time. After Rick’s first race, Rick told his father, "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped." Rick statement is true. When I run I don’t think about my disorder, I am just relaxed and mindful of the present moment. Running is a great coping skill for what I was experience and live with on a daily basis. I had great support from the team, coach Uta, my doctors as I worked to adjust and adapt to my medicine’s limitations and change the way I train in order to complete the marathon.
The Hoyt’s message of, Yes You Can!, are words that resonate for me today as person with a disorder. This year I also have a new motivation and focus as I prepare to run the race in April 2012. During Thanksgiving, I received news that my best friends brother and my close friend, Leo Martin had been seriously injured in an ATV accident. I was told he was in a coma. I was shocked and saddened to hear this news. My thoughts, prayers, and support are with Leo, his family, and all of Leo’s friends during this difficult time. During a training run I started thinking about Leo’s situation and the parallel with Dick and Rick Hoyt. Suddenly it hit me, I knew that I wanted to run and dedicate the 2013 Boston Marathon to Leo.
Dick and Rick Hoyt’s message instills hope, provides strength, and inspiration for people to believe in. I hope to share and instill these characteristics with Leo during his road to recovery. This is why I am so grateful and honored to represent, raise awareness, and run the 2012 Boston Marathon with Team Hoyt and the Hoyt Foundation.
About Team Hoyt & The Hoyt Foundation
Team Hoyt strives to help those who are physically disabled become active members of the community. Often times in life we struggle with the day to day obstacles that life throws our way. Team Hoyt's message of, Yes You Can! is a powerful phrase that instills hope to many people that are affected by physical disabilities and can be transcended into our everyday lives. When you think you can't achieve or accomplish a task or goal, try to repeat the Hoyt message of, Yes You Can!
If you are not familiar with the Hoyt’s, please take a moment to view the following clip of Dick and Rick from the Today Show where they were featured as “Today’s Heroes”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flRvsO8m_KI.
I encourage you to read on below and view the additional video links for further information about the Hoyt Foundation; and to understand why I am so honored and excited to run the race of a lifetime for a foundation I truly believe in.
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The Hoyt Foundation, Inc., is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
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Rick Hoyt was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. During child birth, Rick's umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck cutting off the supply of oxygen to Rick's brian. He was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Doctors advised Dick and Judy to institutionalize Rick because he was a vegetable. Dick and Judy refused and brought Rick home.
Dick and Judy could tell that Rick could comprehend his surroundings even though the medical doctors continued to insist Rick was a vegetable. In 1972, the Hoyts raised $5,000 through bake sales, a local dinner dance and donations from friends and family. They paid that amount to a group of skilled engineers at Tufts University that built an "interactive computer" for Rick. Rick was able to see the letters of the alphabet and select the ones he wanted by pressing a pad on the headrest of his wheelchair with his head, the only part of his body he can move voluntarily. The first words Rick ever "spoke" were "Go Bruins!" The Boston Bruins were in the Stanley Cup that year and it turned out Rick was a Bruins fan.
In the spring of 1977, Rick told his dad that he wanted to compete in a 5 mile road race to help raise money for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Dick, a non-runner pushed Rick for the full 5 miles, and they finished next to last. Later that night, Rick typed "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped." And that is when it all started.
To date, Team Hoyt has finished 240 triathlons, 6 Ironman distance triathlons, 92 half marathons, 69 marathons, 32 Falmouth 7.1 milers, have a marathon PR of 2:40:47 and half marathon PR of 1:21:12. They are two of only 27 total members of the Ironman Hall of Fame, carried the Olympic torch in 1996 and in 1992 they ran and rode a bike from Santa Monica, CA to Boston Harbor in 45 consecutive days.
Last August, the Hoyt's received an e-mail from Boston Bruins' defenseman Andrew Ference that read, "I wanted to let you know that the Boston Bruins watched and were inspired by your video prior to our Stanley Cup victory. It would be my honor to meet you and have you join me in Boston during my day with the Stanley Cup." And they did.
On Monday, April 15, 2013, Dick and Rick Hoyt will be running their 31st Boston Marathon. They will be joined by a team of 30 carefully selected athletes from Canada and across the United States to form the 2013 Team Hoyt Boston Marathon Team. The team will be runningt to raise money for the Hoyt Foundation, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) charity whose purpose is help integrate handicapped people into everyday activities so they may live fruitful and productive lives.
None of the funds raised go to administration of the Hoyt Foundation as it is 100% run by volunteers. The Hoyt Foundation gives gifts each year of $25,000 to the Easter Seals of MA. summer camp programs, to Children's Hospital Boston- Augmentative Communication Enhancement Program, and to the Elm Hill Center in Brookfield, MA. The Foundation also makes various donations to camps for the disabled and therapuetic horseback organizations in the Massachusetts area.
This years team is made possible by our generous sponsor and principal sponsor of the Boston MArathon, John Hancock.
Our team of both qualified and chairty runners have set a fundraising goal of $125,000. Please give generously as our runners train, sweat, hurt and raise funds for the Hoyt Foundation, Inc. The Hoyt Foundation, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) charity. Checks can be made payable to the Hoyt Foundation, Inc. and mailed to 241 Mashapaug Road, Holland, Massachusetts 01521.