On the first anniversary of the Marathon bombings, we are dedicating today’s Roll Call to
ONE FUND BOSTON.
Formed the day after last year’s Marathon bombings on April 16, 2013, it raised more than $60M for over 230 victims and survivors. 100% of all donations were dispersed, with no overhead expenses, thanks to the extraordinary efforts made by volunteers, and companies who offered pro bono professional services.
The mission of the Fund continues, and its focus now includes community building and meeting the significant ongoing needs of the survivor community.
“I am running for Krystle, Martin, Lu, and Sean. They will never be forgotten. I am running for the countless others that were injured and will need long term care and the many who will need replacement prosthetics for decades to come. I am running for the first responders who showed instantaneous courage that can’t be taught. I am running for the doctors and nurses and staff at our hospitals who stepped up at a moments notice and worked around the clock to care for our citizens. I am running for the children of our city including mine to show them that we won’t let anyone take away one of our country’s great athletic events.”
— Pete Riehl, One Fund Team Runner
Today’s Roll Call of
Runners for Extraordinary Causes
Give to the run of Pete Riehl, quoted above, here.
Ken Gordon, a lifelong resident and diehard fan of everything Boston is running for the One Fund. Before he began his Marathon training three months ago in February, Ken had never run. At least not more than a little, and that was a really long time ago. Why is he running? Because he loves Boston. Like Big Papi, Ken is making the statement “This is OUR [expletive] city. BOSTON STRONG.” Give to Ken’s run here.
Bob Andy spent many hours, after the horrific attack on our city last year, wondering what one man could do to make a difference. He decided last April that he would, somehow, someway, run the 2014 Boston Marathon. He uses this run to make the statement that evil will not win and that if you put your mind to something you can accomplish anything. Even something that you never thought you could possibly do. Give to Bob’s run here.
Cecille Avila was supposed to be on Boylston Street last year, photographing the finish. Her post was moved to Heartbreak Hill at the last moment. Instead of lingering on what might have happened had she been on Boylston Street, She is focusing on what she can do, which is to run for those who can’t. Check out Cecille’s incredibly inspiring video here and support her run by giving here.
Ona Boczkowski is running to show that nothing can stop our city! This will be her first time running a full marathon and she could not be prouder or more honored than to have that first marathon be the Boston Marathon! Give to Ona’s run here.
Kristin Borrero runs for the One Fund to help the survivors and victims’ families. The recovery is just starting for many and it will be a long road. Their resilience has inspired our city and nation, support and stand united with them by giving to Kristin’s run here.
Wendy Chang runs to celebrate the magnificence of the human spirit! She is seizing the moment to do something, even if that “something” is only symbolic – a symbol of compassion, of solidarity, of respect for lives lost, of the celebration of the human spirit. Join Wendy by giving here.
Meaghan Costello is running her first marathon to show how proud she is of the City of Boston. She runs to take back our city and to give back to the victims, their friends and family, who were not only affected that day, but continue to be affected, and will be affected for years to come. Give to Meaghan’s run here.
Michael Cotrone runs for the One Fund to help the survivors and victims’ families. The recovery is just starting for many and it will be a long road. Their resilience has inspired our city and nation, support and stand united with them by giving here.
Doreen Cronin runs for those who cannot, and for those who would do anything to have just one more minute with their loved one. She runs for those most affected by the 2013 tragedy … so they will know they are not forgotten. Support Doreen’s run here.
Ralph Dumke completed his lifelong goal of running a marathon in each of the 50 states last September. This will be his second Boston Marathon, but this run is different. For Ralph, running isn’t going to be the hard part. The hard part is imagining how the people injured last year and their families are affected every day and night. Running and raising money for the One Fund is just a small way to give them his support. Give to Ralph’s run here.
Tammy Knight Gibbons runs for those who cannot. She runs to show that resolve and spirit cannot be broken. She runs because we are all one, not just Boston, not just New England, but as a country, we are BOSTON STRONG! Give to Tammy’s run here.
Chris Gosselin is running in honor of his friend Adrianne Haslet-Davis, and all those affected by the marathon bombing. He runs in honor of hero Sean Collier, the MIT Police Officer and fellow kickballer who was killed days later by the terrorists. He is running in honor of our city and of the marathon that inspired him to start running. Support Chris and his run by giving here.
Jenn Leary is running to support One Fund whose mission to support those most impacted by the attacks is continuing as part of a collaborative effort to coordinate services to help the survivors and victims’ families. Donate to the cause by giving here.
Summer Marion is running in support of the One Fund as a tangible way to honor those lost and the many lives forever changed by last April’s tragedy. She runs to raise awareness towards building a more constructive conversation about political violence in the United States and elsewhere. Give to Summer’s run here!
Alexander Maud runs for the One Fund to help the survivors and victims’ families. The recovery is just starting for many and it will be a long road. Their resilience has inspired our city and nation, support and stand united with them here.
Bob McCarron has run the Boston Marathon 17 times. He was at the 25.6 mile mark last year when the race was stopped. This year he runs for the One Fund to show those affected that they are not alone and that those that were lost are not forgotten. Support Bob by giving here.
Francois, Cissy & Kerri run as a team. Together they are staying Boston Strong for 26.2 miles this year, raising funds for the One Fund to give back to the community. Support their run by donating here.
Carolyn Riggs has never run a marathon, but she was inspired by watching Bostonians come together to heal and provide support for those dealing with devastating physical and emotional wounds. This year she runs, and fundraises, to benefit those whose lives were forever changed by this tragedy. Give to Carolyn’s run here.
Carly Rogers is running to support One Fund whose mission to support those most impacted by the attacks is continuing as part of a collaborative effort to coordinate services to help the survivors and victims’ families. Donate to the cause here.
Sarah Schoonover has never run a marathon; in fact, she had vowed she never would! However, watching an interview with marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, brought a change of heart. Sarah vowed then and there that she WOULD run a marathon. She runs in honor of the brave victims & families, as a way to support and stand united with them. Support Sarah’s run here.
Sam Shields was only a half mile away from the finish line last year when the bombing happened. This year he is back to finish what he started in 2013, but this year he is running in support for those who were not as fortunate as him to make it out unscathed. Support Sam’s run for the One Fund by giving here.
Jill Wynne is running to support One Fund whose mission to support those most impacted by the attacks is continuing as part of a collaborative effort to coordinate services to help the survivors and victims’ families. Donate to the cause here.
AND IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THIS VIDEO YET, check this out. It’s moving. Literally and figuratively. And all proceeds from the sales of Boston Native Michelle Lewis’ song Run Run Run through Marathon Monday, April 21, will be donated to the One Fund. Buy it here.
Previous Days’ Roll Call:
Laura Gassner Otting has served on the Board of COLLEGE BOUND DORCHESTER for four years. College Bound Dorchester is transforming talented kids at high risk in Dorchester into college graduates. Laura was running College Bound’s team up Heartbreak Hill at last year’s Marathon when the bombs exploded. This is the third Marathon that Laura has run on behalf of charities, and she has raised more than $30k combined running for charities to date. Let’s help her raise the roof on that now. College Bound was selected as a SheGives grantee, to learn more about it check out their website here. Give to Laura’s run here!
Sue Mullaney is running in her 20th Marathon. This one is to raise money for the STEPPING STRONG FUND which was established by her friends the Reny’s to honor the emergency efforts of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital after last year’s Marathon bombings. Steven and Audrey Epstein Reny were standing with their daughter Gillian at the Marathon finish line watching for Gillian’s sister Danielle to cross line when explosives went off. Gillian was one of the 39 people with life-threatening injuries treated and saved by the BWH. Read more about the Stepping Strong Fund and give to Sue’s run here.
Jennifer Gove‘s first ever Marathon run is dedicated to LOVIN’ SPOONFULS, a food rescue that was selected as one of SheGives eight grantees its inaugural year. Lovin’ Spoonfuls has saved over 1,000,000 pounds of healthy, perishable food and distributed it to the kitchens of many of the neediest community organizations around Greater Boston. What could be more nurturing than that? Check out Lovin’ Spoonfuls website here and give to Jen’s first marathon run here!
Nessan Bermingham runs on behalf of MASSGENERAL HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN. MGHfC specializes in pediatric, child and adolescent care employing over 300 physicians across 50 medical specialties. Help support Nessan raise money to benefit the hematology and oncology department by giving here.
Sarah Buckley runs to support DANA-FARBER. Every dollar she raises supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, which funds the brightest, most creative scientists making basic research discoveries. Donate to the cause here.
Jennifer Byrne is running the 2014 Boston Marathon in support of the GIRLS SCOUTS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS. Donations to her run will fund the Girl Scouts Get Moving health and wellness initiative that teaches girls to be active and healthy. Cheer Jennifer on by donating here.
Lorelei Capuzzi runs for the BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB METROWEST which provides social, educational, physical and cultural programming for boys and girls in the Metrowest area. Support Lorelei here.
Lynne Castronuovo joins the LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY Team in Training for her 14th marathon to support their mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Support Lynne by giving here.
Jodi-Tatiana Charles is running her 2nd marathon to raise funds for DREAM BIG! who provides low-income and homeless girls with the basic items necessary for them to participate in sports and physical activities. Support Jodi-Tatiana by giving here.
Carol Chaoui is running to benefit the Massachusetts affiliate of the SUSAN G. KOMEN FOUNDATION. 75% of funds raised will stay here in Massachusetts to support organizations that offer education, treatment and services to local residents, especially those who face barriers to care. The remaining 25% will go to the Susan G. Komen national Awards and Research program which funds groundbreaking cancer research and scientific programs around the world. Support Carol by donating here.
Marty Conneely runs for the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION. Over the past 12 years, the Run to End Alzheimer’s program has raised more than $2,000,000 for Alzheimer’s disease research and support for families and caregivers. Continue that momentum by giving here!
Amy Cutler’s run is dedicated to PLUMMER HOME FOR BOYS. Plummer Home provides adolescents innovative support and services, in a safe and nurturing environment, to build the skills and relationships necessary for successful adulthood. Your gift will support things small and large such as holiday gifts, athletic fees, camping trips and therapy. Support Amy and her run for Plummer by donating here.
Amanda Dezak is running her first Boston Marathon to raise funds for DANA FARBER. Every dollar the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge raises supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, which funds the brightest, most creative scientists making basic research discoveries. Give to Amanda’s run here.
Meaghan English runs to support DANA-FARBER. Every dollar Meaghan raises benefits the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, bringing Dana-Farber Cancer Institute closer to a world without cancer. Cheer on Meaghan by donating here.
Jenifer Feaster is running her first marathon in support of the MELANOMA FOUNDATION OF NEW ENGLAND on the “Running for Cover” team to support MFNE’s mission for education, prevention and support for this most serious form of skin cancer. Support Jenifer and her run here.
Gail Gregory is running for the BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF METROWEST which provides social, educational, physical and cultural programming for boys and girls in the Metrowest area. For 14 years, it has served a critical need in the Framingham community by providing affordable, quality after school and evening programs to over 250 kids per day. Give to Gail’s run here.
Matt Harrington runs to raise funds for the AMERICAN RED CROSS to help them continue their mission to alleviate human suffering in the face of disaster. Give to Matt’s run here.
Kelly Heck is running in support of the RETT SYNDROME ASSN OF MASSACHUSETTS whose mission is to provide support and information to families; raise funds to promote biomedical research; and to raise public awareness among medical and educational communities about Rett Syndrome. Donate here.
Grace Steele & Brady Hoover run as “Team Margie.” Together they run to support the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION; the largest voluntary health agency dedicated to eradicating Alzheimer’s disease and helping those afflicted with Alzheimer’s. Give to their run here.
Chris Kennedy runs on behalf of The JOE ANDRUZZI FOUNDATION which is committed to providing help, hope, and a reason to smile for cancer patients and their families by contributing financial and emotional support when it is needed most. Give to Chris’ run here.
Meghan Lane’s run is in support of WOMEN’S LUNCH PLACE. Women’s Lunch Place is a small community-based shelter and there are no requirements to receive any of their services. They serve healthy, filling breakfasts and lunches in a welcoming community. Support Meghan here.
Michelle Lev is running with the CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BOSTON Miles for Miracles team. She is dedicating her race to her eight-year old patient partner, Ellie, advancing the cause of pediatric research and care, and the amazing discoveries made by researchers at BCH that change children’s lives. Cheer Michelle on by giving to her run here.
Emily Leventhal’s run is dedicated to COMBINED JEWISH PHILANTHROPIES OF GREATER BOSTON. The CJP brings together the people, partners and resources to fulfill the most important needs and aspirations of the community. Their mission is to care for the vulnerable and inspire the next generation to embrace Jewish life and learning. Give to Emily’s run here.
Jeff Merritt is running to support FRIENDS OF WELLESLEY METCO. Your donation will support the 158 METCO students in Wellesley, and a program that helps kids make connections across racial and cultural boundaries. Cheer Jeff on by donating here.
Shanell Mosley runs on behalf of BOSTON SCHOLAR ATHLETE PROGRAM whose mission is to improve academic achievement through athletics in the Boston Public High Schools. Support the cause and donate to Shanell’s run here!
Sheri Olivet runs for the AMERICAN LIVER FOUNDATION and their work to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. Give to Sheri’s run here.
Julie O’Shaughnessy is part of Team Running for Cover to raise funds to support MELANOMA FOUNDATION OF NEW ENGLAND’s mission to reduce the incidents of melanoma in the New England region through education, prevention and support. All funds raised will be used to fund and expand these educational programs throughout the New England Area. Give to Julie’s run here.
Andrea Pelkey runs for HEALTHWORKS COMMUNITY FITNESS. HCF is dedicated to reducing and preventing lifestyle-related chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension and obesity, in low-income neighborhoods by providing affordable access to high-quality fitness opportunities and health education. Give here!
Ross Ramey runs for the MELANOMA FOUNDATION OF NEW ENGLAND. MFNE’s mission is to reduce the incidents of melanoma in the New England region through education, prevention and support. Support Ross’s run here.
Ariana Riccio and 99 other runners make the journey from Hopkinton to Boston to support nutrition, medical, and fitness programs at Tufts University by raising funds for the TRUSTEES OF TUFTS COLLEGE. Ariana runs in support of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the work they do, including research on childhood obesity. Support Ariana’s run by giving here.
Susan Roberts runs to raise funds for the HOLE IN THE WALL GANG CAMP. The Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families, throughout the Northeast, free of charge, and to ensure that every child with a serious medical condition has the chance to experience the world of possibilities that camp has to offer. Cheer Susan on and give to her run here.
Lori Russo is running to support the BOSTON CELTICS SHAMROCK FOUNDATION. The BCSF partners with local programs to help children in need and together they accomplish more than they could alone; a true definition of TEAMWORK! Give to Lori’s run here.
Emily Seaver runs to benefit CAMP SHRIVER at UMass Boston, whose mission is to bring children with and without disabilities together to provide opportunities for social and motor development, all while promoting positive peer relationships among campers. Cheer Emily on by giving here.
Kate Schnieder is running to raise funds for the PEARL STREET CUPBOARD AND CAFÉ, run by the UNITED WAY OF TRI-COUNTY, whose mission is to provide hunger relief, improve the quality of life, and connect families and neighbors in need to essential services in the Framingham community. Give to Kate’s run here.
Nicole Stata is part of BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Miles for Miracles team. Together they are raising money to support the innovative care and leading research at BCH to save kids’ lives. Support Nicole and her run here.
Jane Stoddard runs in support of the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION. Help Jane raise the funds and awareness to find a cure for this crippling disease by giving here!
Mary Strom is the Director of Outdoor Program for GIRLS SCOUTS OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS. She is running to support the Campership Fund, which supports the 7,000 girls who will go to Girl Scout camp in Eastern Massachusetts. At camp they will learn skills to resolve conflict, accept differences, get along with others, and work together. The atmosphere of acceptance and sharing at Camp prompts girls to try out new positive behaviors. Donate here.
Chris Suarez is part of the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION team, raising money for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Proceeds go directly to improve the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s, by providing enhanced care and support for all affected, and through the advancement of research. Support Chris here.
Join Joe Torpy as he runs in honor of BRIGHAM & WOMEN’S HOSPITAL for the ground-breaking research and treatment they provide, along with thanking the Hospital for the care it offered to the victims of the marathon bombings in 2013. Support Joe and BWH by donating here.
Bob Trotta runs in support of the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION. Help Bob raise the funds and awareness to find a cure for this crippling disease by giving here!
Kristen Upham joins the “Run to End Alzheimer’s” Team to raise funds for the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION; the largest voluntary health agency dedicated to eradicating Alzheimer’s disease and helping those afflicted with Alzheimer’s. Give to Kristen’s run here.
Elizabeth Westner runs for the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION. Over the past 12 years, the Run to End Alzheimer’s program has raised more than $2,000,000 for Alzheimer’s disease research and support for families and caregivers. Continue that momentum by giving here!
Kelly Wright runs to benefit the AMERICAN MEDICAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION. AMAA teaches kids hard work, persistence, and self-esteem through physical activity. Support Kelly by giving here.
Kelly Williamson has joined the GREG HILL FOUNDATION marathon team to raise money to further fund their mission to help those in need when they need it most. The Foundation responds to immediate requests for assistance, to improve the lives of local families touched by tragedy. Support Kelly’s run by donating here.
Hayley Yaffe runs to raise money for BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER. Last year, after the bombings, Beth Israel doctors and nurses treated 24 marathon victims, and continue to care for the physical and mental wellbeing of these patients. Give to Hayley’s run here.
Bonnie Yezukevich is running for WEDIKO CHILDREN’S SERVICES. They provide therapeutic and educational services to children, families, and schools struggling with complex emotional, behavioral, and learning issues through residential schools, home based programs, and summer programs. Donate to Bonnie’s run here.
Melissa Zawadzki is part of TEAM BROOKLINE. Together the team is raising money which will benefit four not-for-profit organizations in Brookline: the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Library Foundation, and Brookline Teen Center. Support Melissa’s run here.
This is the fourth year the ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF BOSTON has sponsored a team to Run Boston. Help their runners raise the money they need to continue supporting the rescue of domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect by donating here.
CASA MYRNA delivers solutions to end domestic and dating violence. Founded in 1977 by community activists, these solutions include three Boston based shelters for women and children, a range of bilingual supportive services to help women in crisis, and the SafeLink domestic violence hotline. Support their Marathon team by donating here.
DREAM BIG! works to provide low-income and homeless girls with equipment, uniforms, athletic footwear, program fees, training expenses, sports opportunities and the supplies they need to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their overall health, fitness, and well-being. Give to the team by donating here.
This team of runners is truly committed to the mission of HEALTHWORKS COMMUNITY FITNESS, and the power of exercise and health education to transform lives! HCF empowers women and children to lead healthier lives so they can feel better and accomplish more. Support their team by donating here!
Boston’s amazing MUSEUM OF SCIENCE has a team of 20 dedicated runners, five of whom were unable to finish last year’s Boston Marathon because of the explosions. MOS’s team is raising funds for its Travelling Programs, which offer outreach programs to schools, libraries, and community organizations all over New England. They started with a single inflatable planetarium for astronomy programs and are now offering 25 different programs on subjects such as chemistry, physics, weather, animal biology and engineering. To learn more about the Museum of Science check out its website here and donate to its fundraising page here.
The NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR CHILDREN provides a full range of educational, residential and treatment programs designed to help children with autism, PDD and other developmental disabilities reach their full potential. Help support their runners who are committed to raising awareness, valuable resources for the school’s Annual Fund, and are going 26.2 miles to support their students by donating here!
PLAYWORKS serves over 15,000 students across Boston & Lawrence, using the power of play to bring out the best in every kid, and ensures students are safe and included in areas of Boston that are generally considered dangerous and high-risk. On the day of the Marathon last year, many people felt unsafe in the city of Boston for the very first time; however, this is something Playworks students experience daily. The PlayWorks team is running the marathon this year to raise awareness and funds for the children of Boston. Donate to their team here.
VICTORY PROGRAMS, INC is a Boston-based multi-service agency providing individualized treatment programs to people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, particularly those with psychological and medical problems including AIDS and HIV disease. This year Team Victory has two runners, Dale & Christopher. Support the team by giving here AND here!
SheGives is a private Boston-based foundation launched in September 2013 that supports a slate of extraordinary nonprofits in the Greater Boston area. SheGives is not seeking public donations for itself. See a list of the heavily diligenced 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofits selected for our slate that are seeking direct donations thru their websites here.
On the one year anniversary of the Marathon bombings, we are dedicating the Roll Call to the One Fund