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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

Yann Gellot

THE STORY:

YES YOU CAN!!

I am beyond excited to announce that I will have the honor and the privilege to run the 2015 Boston Marathon with 15 other charity runners representing Team HOYT !!

Team Hoyt is a non-profit organization that aspires to build the individual character, self-confidence and self-esteem of America’s disabled young through inclusion in sports, running races, and triathlons.  

How can you help?

My personal commitment as a runner for Team Hoyt is to raise at least $6,500 for the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Please help me complete this dream while allowing the Hoyt Foundation to continue to inspire and enable people with physical disabilities to be active in the community by making a contribution using this fundraising page. Any amount helps! Furthermore, your contributions are TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Donations can be made in either of two ways: You can donate through this secure web page by hitting the “Donate” button at the top of this page or by sending a check made payable to The Hoyt Foundation Inc. to my attention: Yann Gellot  553 Franklin Street. Reading MA, 01867.

The Hoyt Foundation, Inc., is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

The Hoyt Foundation

The Early Years

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. Dick and Judy were advised to institutionalize Rick because there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a “normal” life. This was just the beginning of Dick and Judy’s quest for Rick’s inclusion in community, sports, education and one day, the workplace.

Dick and Judy soon realized that though Rick couldn’t walk or speak; he was quite astute and his eyes would follow them around the room. They fought to integrate Rick into the public school system, pushing administrators to see beyond Rick’s physical limitations. Dick and Judy would take Rick sledding and swimming, and even taught him the alphabet and basic words, like any other child. After providing concrete evidence of Rick’s intellect and ability to learn like everyone else, Dick and Judy needed to find a way to help Rick communicate for himself.

With $5,000 in 1972 and a skilled group of engineers at Tufts University, an interactive computer was built for Rick. This computer consisted of a cursor being used to highlight every letter of the alphabet. Once the letter Rick wanted was highlighted, he was able to select it by just a simple tap with his head against a head piece attached to his wheelchair. When the computer was originally first brought home, Rick surprised everyone with his first words. Instead of saying, “Hi, Mom,” or “Hi, Dad,” Rick’s first “spoken” words were: “Go, Bruins!” The Boston Bruins were in the Stanley Cup finals that season. It was clear from that moment on, that Rick loved sports and followed the game just like anyone else.

In 1975, at the age of 13, Rick was finally admitted into public school. After high school, Rick attended Boston University, and he graduated with a degree in Special Education in 1993. Dick retired in 1995 as a Lt. Colonel from the Air National Guard, after serving his country for 37 years.

The Beginning of Team Hoyt

In the spring of 1977, 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 1,000 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 (for the running stage).

Rick was once asked, if he could give his father one thing, what would it be? Rick responded, “The thing I’d most like is for my dad to sit in the chair and I would push him for once.”

The 2009 Boston Marathon was officially Team Hoyt’s 1000th race. Rick always says if it comes down to doing one race a year he would like it to be the Boston Marathon: his favorite race.

Neither Dick or Rick are ready to retire yet!

$7,733

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Stephen Goeben

     

  • Judy Keator

    $25

  • Bill Griffiths

    $100

  • Ballestas family

    $50

  • Matt Piryk

    $50

  • Joe Musumano

     

  • Janice Bruder

     

  • The Raciti Family

    $100

  • Joe Esposito

    $100

  • Xavier H.

    $50

  • Janet Buckley

    $50

  • Fellow Ironman

    $25

  • Andrew Freedman

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Stapleton Family

    $126

  • Susan Grant

    $50

  • Mike Doughty

    $150

  • Tina Rodbort

    $200

  • Nancy O'Flaherty

    $50

  • Mickey Crane

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jim Spoto

     

  • Dr John

    $100

  • Patrick McDonough

    $50

  • Brian Lavelle

    $50

  • William Gagnon

    $100

  • Shane and Jenn Caiazzo

    $250

  • Joel Gardosik

    $100

  • Ken Dumas

    $100

  • CEFAM_PETELET

    $500

  • Susan Lenzi

    $50

  • Mike Poirier

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Cyrill

    $50

  • Sandy Thomas

    $50

  • Lenny Bourdeau

    $30

  • Scott Karas

    $50

  • Douglas Stransky

     

  • Dan Barnes

     

  • Eli

     

  • Scott W

     

  • Cecile & Nat Missildine

    $100

  • Sean Godbout

    $150

  • John Squire

    $100

  • Shaun Wood

    $100

  • Celine and Sebastien Nussbaum

    $100

  • Nancy Fobert

    $50

  • Bruno et Pascale Duquet

    $40

  • Joseph Landry Fidelity Charitable

    $100

  • Darlene Loosigian

    $50

  • Dick Morgan

    $100

  • Kevin Smithson

    $100

  • Marty Lundy

     

  • Joce

    $100

  • Ian Baxter

    $100

  • Chris & Carole Kasper

    $250

  • Doron Almog

     

  • Ernesto

    $50

  • Paul G

    $50

  • Geri Blitzman

     

  • Debbie Dean

    $100

  • Nancy Fobert - Trip Advisor match

    $50

  • Kevin Nallan / Cindy Kunz

    $100

  • Mike Muccio

    $100

  • Stan & Beatrice Thouveny

    $50

  • Prasanna katragadda

    $100

  • Debbi Crimmins

    $25

  • Kevin and Angela Sullivan

    $60

  • Joe Jackson

    $100

  • WilliamsMarston LLC

    $100

  • Marie-Helene et Manu

    $100

  • Wilkie

    $100

  • Fred Schmuck

    $100

  • Frederic Tardif

    $40

  • Meredith S

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • david hitchcock

    $52

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Joe Landry United Technologies Goodrich Foundation

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Matt Vittiglio

    $25

  • Adam Hurst - offline donation

    $805

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119% 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

Adam Hurst - offline donation

Adam Hurst - offline donation

DONATION: $805

2 years ago

Matt Vittiglio

Matt Vittiglio

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Joe Landry United Technologies Goodrich Foundation

Joe Landry United Technologies Goodrich Foundation

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

david hitchcock

david hitchcock

DONATION: $52

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Good Luck Yann!!! 3 years ago

Meredith S

Meredith S

DONATION: $25

3 years ago