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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

Mark Lyons

THE STORY:

The 2015 Boston Marathon will be Rick’s 33rd Boston Marathon, and his first one with someone other than his father pushing... My brother, Bryan Lyons, has that honor. This will be Bryan's 7th Boston Marathon with Team Hoyt and my 2nd.

As a father of three, I know what it is like to drop everything and bend over backwards for your children. Our kids are our number one priority. But Dick Hoyt took this philosophy to an entirely different level.

Rick was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. As a result of oxygen deprivation to Rick's brain at the time of his birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. The Hoyts were told that there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a "normal" life. Rick couldn't walk or speak.

In the spring of 1977, through an interactive computer that was built specifically for Rick by the engineers at Tufts University, Rick told his father that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped."

This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1,100 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons (6 of them being Ironman competitions). Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days. In a triathlon, Dick will pull Rick in a boat with a bungee cord attached to a vest around his waist and to the front of the boat for the swimming stage. For the biking stage, Rick will ride a special two-seater bicycle, and then Dick will push Rick in his custom made running chair.

Team Hoyt is an organization sponsored by John Hancock that the Hoyts created to help people with physical disabilities become active members of the community. The organization then went on to form the Hoyt Foundation in 1989, a nonprofit for young and disabled Americans.

It is a privilege to be running the 2015 Boston Marathon with Rick, Bryan, the rest of Team Hoyt, while raising money for the Hoyt Foundation.  Any support toward my $6,500 goal would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

The Hoyt Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation. www.teamhoyt.com

$9,811

MONEY RAISED
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  • Elizabeth Anderson

    $25

  • Expo Donations

    $105

  • Adam Cohen

    $50

  • Laurie Aikins

    $50

  • Kirk Tepper

    $26

  • Cynthia Stubits

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $6,500

  • Chris and Beth Heath

    $100

  • Julie, Jeff, Jake and Grace

    $75

  • Lauren Stobbs

    $30

  • Mike Barnhart

    $75

  • Dana Buchawiecki

    $100

  • Donna and Bob Douglass

     

  • Paul Cocuzza

    $400

  • SKS

    $100

  • Off Line Donation

     

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151% 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

Off Line Donation

Off Line Donation

2 years ago

SKS

SKS

DONATION: $100

Your kids must be excited their dad is conquering the infamous Boston Marathon again - what a cool role model you are. Have tons of fun running with Bryan and Rick! 2 years ago

Paul Cocuzza

Paul Cocuzza

DONATION: $400

2 years ago

Donna and Bob Douglass

Donna and Bob Douglass

2 years ago

Dana Buchawiecki

Dana Buchawiecki

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Mike Barnhart

Mike Barnhart

DONATION: $75

2 years ago

Lauren Stobbs

Lauren Stobbs

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

Julie, Jeff, Jake and Grace

Julie, Jeff, Jake and Grace

DONATION: $75

3 years ago

Chris and Beth Heath

Chris and Beth Heath

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $6,500

3 years ago