Debra Johnson via Crowdrise
April 17, 2013
BENEFITING: Special Olympics Massachusetts
ORGANIZER: Special Olympics Massachusetts
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
In loving memory of John Makrakis
I am a health care nurse, currently working with children and young adults with chronic illness and disabilities, many of whom are amazing Special Olympic athletes. Although much of my time and efforts are dedicated to my family and work, I have found another passion in running. I started running 13 years ago, and it has been and continues to be one of my favorite things to do, aside from watching my two boys play baseball. On April 15, 2013, I will be running my 10th Boston Marathon. Every year, usually as I begin my trek up Heartbreak Hill, I tell myself that this is the last time I will run this marathon. However, in this moment, every year, without fail, I come across the same amazing athlete. While I struggle through the exhaustion, he is pushing himself up Heartbreak Hill backwards in his wheelchair, while his coach cheers him on every inch of the way. It is an inspiring vision. Some years I have tackled this marathon, while in others, it has tackled me, like last year when temperatures hit 90 degrees along the course. So, as long as I am healthy and able, I will continue to battle this beast and run for a cause that is near and dear to me. This year I am honored to have been chosen to run for Special Olympics of Massachusetts (SOMA) team and my goal is to raise $6000 by April 15, 2013. Please help me in my efforts to raise this money, and provide necessary funding for a wonderful cause. So for all of my very special athlete friends and families who look forward to the track, bowling, golf, basketball, horseback riding, football and soccer season...this one is for you!! Thank you!
Special Olympics Massachusetts wrote -
6 incredible individuals (aka Champions for the Special Olympics Movement) will be running the 2013 Boston Marathon in the name of dignity, unity, and health for people with intellectual disabilities. These six individuals will be training through the grueling Massachusetts winter and running 26.2 miles on April 15, with a collective goal of raising $40,000 to support the year-round athletic training, competition, and health-improvement programs of Special Olympics Massachusetts. Please visit their personal pages to learn more about the group and consider helping the team "change the world" for people with disabilities by donating and/or spreading the word!