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Team Hoyt Boston 2015

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BENEFITING: HOYT FOUNDATION

ORGANIZER: HOYT FOUNDATION

EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015

Adam Rundell

THE STORY:

I am so very honored and humbled to be a part of Team Hoyt for the 2015 Boston Marathon! Within a minute after finding out that my time was good enough to qualify me for the marathon (my first Boston), I contacted Team Hoyt to see if I could join the team as a qualified charity runner, and I was elated when they said yes. Please make sure that you read about the Hoyt's story, which is also on this page. Thank you for considering making a donation to this wonderful organization!

My Inspiration

My inspiration for running this year's Boston Marathon for team Hoyt is my 8-year old cousin Andrew. He was born on February 25th, 2006 at 26 weeks prematurely due to a placenta eruption. He weighed just over 2 pounds and had a level 4 brain bleed, along with hydrocephalus at birth. When he was a month old Andrew had shunt surgery. After spending the next three months in the NICU, he was able to come home on the weekend before his due date. Andrew has cerebral palsy, but due to the tireless work that his parents Sarah and Dale do with him, Andrew has surpassed the doctors' "best guesses" for how far he could come along. Andrew is a smart little guy that is always happy, and is always grinning in a way that just takes your breath away. He wants to be in the thick of it all, playing with his sister Lauren, and his cousins and friends. He is just an regular little boy at heart, and despite the challenges that he faces, it is obvious that he gets the most out of life each and every day. It is with a great deal of joy that I will be running the 2015 Boston Marathon for Team Hoyt in his name.

My (Brief) Backstory

I have been a runner and triathlete for about 5 years. I first saw Team Hoyt at a triathlon in Ashburnham, MA in 2011, and was completely inspired by what I saw. I don't think any words can convey what it is like to watch Team Hoyt in action, achieving what they achieve. Flash forward a couple of years to the Team Hoyt Triathlon that was in June of 2013. I was so inspired by them at that race after watching them and having the opportunity to talk to them that I decided to see if I could become a part of the team. I was planning to run the Disney Marathon in January and, despite never having raced the marathon distance, was so driven and motivated by the opportunity to have a chance to be part of Team Hoyt that I managed to qualify on my first attempt. The hard part was then waiting until September to find out whether all of this would become reality. Now that it has, I couldn't be any more motivated to do the most with this opportunity!
 

Fundraising Goal: My goal is to raise $1,750 for the Hoyt Foundation, but I would love to raise much more than that. 

Donations can be made in two ways: You can donate through this secure web page by hitting the “Donate” button at the top of this page and following the instructions accordingly. The other way is to send a Check made payable to The Hoyt Foundation, Inc and mail it to me at:

Adam Rundell

90 Hampton St.

Auburn,MA 01501

 

HOYT FOUNDATION wrote -

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 brain. He was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Doctors advised Dick and Judy to institutionalize Rick, as he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life. Dick and Judy refused and brought Rick home.

Dick and Judy could tell that Rick comprehended 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 at that time, pushed Rick for the full 5 miles. The pair finished next to last, but not last. That night, Rick typed "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like my disability disappears." That was a powerful message for Dick, and that is where it all started.

Since that fateful day in 1977, Team Hoyt has finished 255 triathlons (6 being Ironman distance), 72 marathons (32 being the Boston Marathon), 97 half marathons, and many other various distance races. Team Hoyt has a marathon PR of 2:40:47 (Marine Corp. Marathon 1992) and a half marathon PR of 1:21:12. Dick and Rick are also two of only 30 total members of the Ironman Hall of Fame. In 1996 they carried the Olympic Torch. And, in 1992 they ran and biked from Santa Monica, California to Boston Harbor, covering 3735 miles in 45 straight days. As of October 5, 2014, Team Hoyt has competed in 1,116 race events. 

Following the Boston Bruins winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, the Hoyt's received an e-mail from Bruins' defenseman Andrew Ference. The email 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 April 8, 2013, a life-size bronze statue of Team Hoyt, commissioned by John Hancock, was unveiled on the lawn of the Center School in Hopkinton, just yards from the starting line of the Boston Marathon. The statue was unveiled in a 30-minute dedication ceremony. When asked about the statue, Dick said, "It doesn’t get any better than that. To us this is the Stanley Cup, this is the World Series.”

Following the tragedy of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Dick and Rick appeared on the Today show. It was that day that the Hoyts announced they would return to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon. "We’re definitely going to run next year, and we’re going to be stronger next year, and I know the marathon is going to be stronger next year," Dick said. Following the interview on the Today Show, Dick and Rick appeared on the "Katie" show.

Then on July 17, 2013, Dick and Rick received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2013 ESPY Awards. The Jimmy V Award is given to those individuals in athletics who have overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination. The award couldn't be more fitting, with Team Hoyt's motto being, Yes, You Can!" Dick and Rick were presented the award by Boston native Ben Affleck. As the Hoyts made their way across the stage, they were greeted with a standing ovation by the room full of esteemed athletes.

On Monday, April 21, 2014, Dick and Rick Hoyt ran their 32nd and final Boston Marathon together.  History will be made on April 20, 2015 when long-time Team Hoyt teammate Bryan Lyons will push Rick in their first of hopefully many Boston Marathons together. They will be joined by a team of carefully selected athletes from Canada and across the United States to form the 2015 Team Hoyt Boston Marathon Team. The team will be running to raise money for the Hoyt Foundation, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) charity whose purpose is help integrate disabled people into everyday activities so they may live fruitful and productive lives.

The Hoyt Foundation gives gifts each year of $30,000 to the Easter Seals of MA summer camp programs and to Children's Hospital Boston- Augmentative Communication Enhancement Program. The Foundation also makes various donations to camps for the disabled and therapeutic horseback organizations in the Massachusetts area.

This year’s team is again made possible by Team Hoyt’s generous sponsor, and the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock. John Hancock’s continued support allows Team Hoyt to continue making differences in people’s lives.

The 2015 Team Hoyt Boston Marathon Team’s qualified and charity runners have set a fundraising goal of $120,000.  Please give generously as those runners train, sweat, fight through pain, and raise funds for the Hoyt Foundation, Inc.  Checks may also be made payable to the Hoyt Foundation, Inc. and mailed to 241 Mashapaug Road, Holland, Massachusetts 01521.

$2,170

MONEY RAISED
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  • Wendy Madsen

    $50

  • Kari Kastango

    $100

  • Dale & Sarah Madsen

    $250

  • Adam Rundell

    $50

  • Janet Madsen

    $100

  • Phil Manning

    $50

  • C Blackman

    $50

  • Mary & Jerry Adams

    $100

  • Grampa + Grandma Neissel

    $100

  • Kelly Madsen

    $50

  • Robyn & Matthew Harding

    $20

  • Gia and Lee

     

  • Adam Rundell

    $50

  • the Mathieus

    $50

  • Dom & Matt

    $30

  • Mary-Elise & Russ Smith

    $50

  • Christian Adamiak

    $100

  • Dan and Chris Rundell

    $100

  • The Collums, UK

    $50

  • Jacki

    $20

  • Randy Goold

    $50

  • Kim Black

    $50

  • Jaime & Jayson

    $25

  • chris rundell

     

  • Ed Adamiak

    $105

  • Fred Engel, Jr

    $10

  • Linda Adamiak

    $50

  • Karen Farrar

    $25

  • Melissa & Matt Lussier

    $100

  • The Ioccos

    $30

  • Melissa Tracey

    $25

  • Mike Romano

    $25

  • Annmarie Godin

    $50

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124% Raised of $1,750 Goal

The Team: $194,174 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Simon Shurey

Amount Raised

$13,419

Fundraiser Title

Team Townson

Amount Raised

$13,025

 

100% Raised of $13,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Diane MacDonald

Amount Raised

$10,457

 

161% Raised of $6,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeanne Mogauro & Marie Boudreau-Nin...

Amount Raised

$10,403

 

125% Raised of $8,300 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kevin Sahnd

Amount Raised

$10,250

 

103% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mark Lyons

Amount Raised

$9,811

 

151% Raised of $6,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tammy Stapleton

Amount Raised

$8,947

 

60% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Bryan Lyons

Amount Raised

$8,855

Donor Comments

Annmarie Godin

Annmarie Godin

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Mike Romano

Mike Romano

DONATION: $25

Good luck! 2 years ago

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Tracey

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Melissa & Matt Lussier

Melissa & Matt Lussier

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

The Ioccos

The Ioccos

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

Ed Adamiak

Ed Adamiak

DONATION: $105

3 years ago

Fred Engel, Jr

Fred Engel, Jr

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

Linda Adamiak

Linda Adamiak

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Karen Farrar

Karen Farrar

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

chris rundell

chris rundell

3 years ago