The training and complaining are over – it’s time to race!
April 14, 2016
BENEFITING: Heather Abbott Foundation
ORGANIZER: Heather Abbott Foundation
EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon
Want to leave your mark? Help me hit $10k by race day and I'll pick a random donor to decide what I get tattoed on my arm after the race. Anyone donating between 3/28-4/18 is eligible.
*Terms and conditions of tattoo contest are at the bottom of the page*
In April, I'll make my 4th attempt at crossing the Boston Marathon finish line. In the months leading up to the race, I'll log hundreds, maybe even thousands of miles, complete runs in single digit temperatures, (probably) jog through multiple feet of snow, and ask friends, family, co-workers, and even complete strangers to support me at least a million times.
It won't be easy, but I know it will be a piece of cake compared to what amputees like Heather Abbott face on a day to day basis. I've chosen to run the Boston Marathon again this year because I can, and many others can't.
Along the way, I will be supporting those who have faced the loss of a limb by raising money for the Heather Abbott Foundation, a new organization that supports amputees by providing them with the prosethic devices that are essential to living a normal, productive life. While the devices that HAF helps to provide are often not covered by insurance, they help amputtees like Heather get back to doing the things they love, like walking, swimming, hiking, wearing high heels at a formal event, or even just spending time with family and friends.
If you would like to learn more about the Heather Abbott Foundation and the great work your donation will make possible, read their story below or visit the HAF website. Thank you for your continued support!
The Heather Abbott Story
The Heather Abbott Foundation was formed as a result of Heather's amputation following the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013. As a new leg amputee, Heather got a fast lesson in the tremendous cost of prosthetic devices, which are often times not covered by health insurance. In order to live her life as close to the way she had prior to the bombing, she needed four different prosthetic devices which range in cost between $20,000 and $70,000. Aside from the walking leg that health insurance typically covers, Heather wanted legs for running, wearing high heels and swimming and taking a shower. Thanks to donations from individuals all over the world, the help of charitable organizations and good health insurance coverage, Heather obtain all four legs and credits them to her quick recovery and ability to return to her independent lifestyle. Heather learned early on that having her custom prostheses allowed her to return to doing the things that meant the most to her. Whether it was being able to paddle board again or wear high heels, these devices were key to Heather’s emotional and physical healing. But she recognized that the unusual circumstances and attention around the manner in which she became an amputee, in large part, are what got her those legs. Most people's amputations are not as highly publicized and people aren't aware that they may need help. The Heather Abbott Foundation was created to help other amputees like Heather thrive in their recovery and return to the life they love. Join us as Heather helps to “pay it forward.”
*Tattoo terms and conditions*
If i reach $10,000 on this page by race day (4/18), I will pick one donor at random to decide what tattoo I get on my arm after the race. The tattoo will be above the sleeve line. It must not be offensive and must be approved by a committee (members not yet determined). I have corporate match donations coming, but these will not be added until after the race and do not count towards the $10k.
A donation of $10-$49 entries will get you one entry in the raffle.
A donation of $50-$99 will get you two entries
A donation of $100-$149 will get you three entries
And so on
Only those who donate between 3/28/16 and 4/18/16 are eligible - past donations do not get you an entry.