I had never really been a runner. All of my friends ran track in high school and I thought that since they were participating, it was a perfect opportunity to earn a varsity letter pretty easily. That experience taught me that track wasn’t so easy, and gave me the opportunity to know that I CAN run, and in fact, I sort of liked it.
When I was a child, my grandparents would to take me to watch the Boston Marathon. In the 1984 Cadillac DeVille, we would head to Route 9 in Framingham with our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to watch the runners pass. They always looked forward to watching the Hoyt’s go by, and my favorite times were holding out my hands to give “high fives” to the runners as they went past us.
Now, many years later, my high school track days are long gone. Kay and Dick, my grandparents, have since passed. The Hoyt’s have retired, and I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime; to run the Boston Marathon and benefit the Claddagh Fund.
The Claddagh Fund was founded, in 2009, by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys. Ken, his bandmates and their families have supported charities throughout the history of the band. Understanding the power of their position to harness the passion and generosity of their fans, the Claddagh Fund was created to raise funds for and broaden their impact on worthy, underfunded non-profits that support the most vulnerable individuals in our communities. Utilizing a grassroots approach to fundraising, The Claddagh Fund supports community-based non-profits, with a focus on children and veterans organizations and programs that support alcohol and drug rehabilitation in cities across the country and around the world.
My family has always been involved with the social work profession and I also have many family members who have struggled with, and are in recovery from addiction. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to raise money for a local organization that is so close to my heart.
Thank you for your support in this amazing endeavor and I appreciate your donation.