Hi friends! When it comes to the Boston Marathon, we are all friends. And family. I have the honor and the privilege to run the Boston Marathon in 2017 for the 3rd time. For the 2nd year in a row, I am running the best race in the best city to raise money for the Claddagh Fund, the best charity I know.
I am Deirdre Riley Merrill, but it’s easier to cheer for ‘Dee’ loudly on the marathon route. I am a mother, a nurse, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a resident of Milton for most of my life, and a runner. I am also so fortunate to be a finisher of the 2014 and 2016 Boston Marathons. As the number of years in my life grow, so too, do the blessings of my heart.
This year, I run for the Claddagh Fund. The Claddagh is one of my imprinted blessings, so ingrained has it been in the fabric of my Irish family. The Claddagh symbolizes friendship, love, and loyalty. As I train for this year’s Boston Marathon, running for hours through the streets of Milton and Boston, I’ll be driven by the three attributes of the Claddagh. I’ll be thinking about how I have been blessed with them in my life and how blessed I am to share them with you, my friends and family, and this city we all love – the same city where the Claddagh Fund, a grass-roots organization that espouses the three values it represents, supports underfunded non-profits and cares for vulnerable populations in our communities.
Thank you for considering a contribution to this influential organization. Every dollar directly helps a person in our communities. I look forward to high-fiving you somewhere between Hopkinton and Boston on April 17, 2017.
With love and light and endless gratitude,
The Claddagh Fund is the charitable foundation of the Dropkick Murphys. Founded in 2009, Ken Casey and members of the band realized that they could harness the passion of the friends, fans and family of the band, to give back to the community that had been so generous to them. The mission of the Claddagh Fund is to raise funds and awareness for the most underfunded organizations in our communities, focusing on children’s and veterans’ organization and alcohol and substance recovery programs. We have raised over $2 million since starting the foundation and helped over two dozen charities through direct donations, concerts, events, marketing and media.