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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

Dennis Charles

THE STORY:

 

 

Hey Friends,

It's that time again where you can be a hero for the Hoyt Foundation and help them do some great work (and get a tax-break in doing so).

This year, look out for a number of fun ways to help out...events Jan-Mar, an ebook and a ton of other stuff for those who step up and help.

Here's the basic story of why we do this each year:

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.

$6,500

MONEY RAISED
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  • Dave Lusignan

    $50

  • The Kestins

    $50

  • Alan and Mary Kessler

    $50

  • Dave Lusignan

    $73

  • Marc Wayshak

    $50

  • Patti McGlynn

    $50

  • Norman & Debra

    $50

  • Todd and Katie Civin

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Maurice Rubino

    $50

  • Candi Wolfe

    $30

  • The Le-Bruno family

     

  • Carolyn and Will

    $200

  • George Richards

    $100

  • Linda and Erich Thalheimer

    $50

  • Jason Paolini

    $50

  • Bill and Jacqueline Brodnitzki

    $50

  • Wayland Dental

    $100

  • Caleb, Ava, and Quinn

    $50

  • Steve Allen

    $400

  • Tim Daly

    $50

  • Alan Kessler

    $100

  • Kristen Culver

    $25

  • 4 Golf's Sake

    $400

  • Scott, Margaret, Sierra, Leah xxoo

    $100

  • Andre Lamontagne

    $50

  • Barb & Russ

     

  • Dana, Caleb, and Eden

     

  • The Zoltans

     

  • Rodriguez Graphics

     

  • Susan Brisk

    $25

  • Bill Purdin

    $25

  • Nancy Zare

    $18

  • Jay and Anouk Flood

     

  • Simon Shurey

    $26

  • Theresa Giammona and Family

    $50

  • Laura Leaver

    $50

  • Debbie Chase

     

  • Peter G. Hill

     

  • The Gustafsons

    $20

  • Hilger Family

    $50

  • Dan Conroe

    $20

  • Kelli Webber

    $50

  • Lisa Benson

    $25

  • Rachael Grace

    $36

  • Karen Schragle

    $100

  • Paul Aumayr

    $26.20

  • Michelle Forna

    $25

  • Barry Ouelette

    $100

  • Lisa Shapiro

    $60

  • Ballbusters Golf

     

  • Margaret Randolph

     

  • Warren Family

    $50

  • Testa Family

    $50

  • The Martin's

    $50

  • Scott Cohen

    $100

  • Watty Essex

    $30

  • Maura Jane Griffin

    $100

  • Paul Donegan

    $30

  • Don & Kirstin

    $75

  • Daniel Balter

    $30

  • George Richards

    $100

  • Kristen Culver

    $25

  • Paul Rodriguez

    $100

  • Charlie Ward

    $100

  • Steve Senosk

    $200

  • Andy Tremarche

    $100

  • Alex Morella

    $25

  • Famiglietti Family

    $100

  • Pam Freeman

    $100

  • Norma Shulman

    $26

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Eric Stutman

    $50

  • Jen Famiglietti Matching

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $300

  • Tim Heming

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $125

  • Anonymous

    $225

  • Anonymous

    $125

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100% Raised of $6,500 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

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $225

3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $125

3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $125

3 years ago

Tim Heming

Tim Heming

DONATION: $50

I could become an Ironman coach faster than it took me to finally log on and do this ;-) Thanks for making it all so memorable Den and family. I won't forget Boson 2015 in a hurry. 3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $300

3 years ago

Jen Famiglietti Matching

Jen Famiglietti Matching

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Eric Stutman

Eric Stutman

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $500

3 years ago

Norma Shulman

Norma Shulman

DONATION: $26

Spectacular PR for 26 miles! 3 years ago

Pam Freeman

Pam Freeman

DONATION: $100

You inspire me! 3 years ago