Second time's a charm.
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! As many (all) of you may know, I ran the Boston Marathon in 2014 as a result of the generosity, thoughtfulness, and support of my incredible friends and family. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon again in 2017 with Team Brookline in support of the Brookline Community Mental Health Center.
For those of you who don't know, I ran in 2014 while Colby was deployed, as a way to keep myself busy, healthy and focused, as well as to support a wonderful charity and reclaim the finish line after the events in 2013. Training was amazing. The support was even more amazing. The morning of marathon, I woke up sick. There was no way I wasn't running (for the record, I can be stubborn).
The energy at the marathon was indescribable. The kindness, encouragement and excitement were electric. Yet with each mile, I felt sicker. At around 13 miles, I collapsed on the side of the road and was taken away in an ambulance. I was hooked up to an EKG, given fluids, and on my way to the hospital when I told them I was fine and needed to finish the race. Against the paramedic's advice, I was eventually returned to where I left off. Despite the fact that it was now too late to officially finish the race, I started walking. In Wellesley, kids ran to the sidewalk to give me high fives and bring me water. In Newton, my older sister met me with oranges, gatorade and my cell phone so I could talk to Colby. My sister walked the rest of the course with me. My sister who had flown in from California to watch me finish.
At the top of Heartbreak, Colby called from a boat in the middle of the ocean somewhere, to tell me he was proud of me and that he knew I could do it. In Brookline, people beeped and encouraged me to keep going, reminding me that I was almost there. On Hereford Street, people leaned out their windows to cheer me on and clap. Then I turned on to Boylston to run those last couple hundred feet. People stopped what they were doing to cheer me on as I made it across the finish line with my sister. A woman came out of seemingly nowhere to give me a medal. And my dad appeared from that same nowhere and told me he was so proud of me.
That was my experience in 2014. I will never forget it.
Still with me? I want to try again. I want to officially finish. I want to support a charity that holds values and a mission that echo my own. The Brookline Community Mental Health Center's mission is "to help people in difficult life circumstances and emotional distress feel better, function more effectively, and experience life more fully." As an individual, like all of us, I have faced my own difficult life circumstances, but I have been fortunate to have an incredibly supportive family who made sure I had all the resources I needed. As a social worker, I do my absolute best to connect the patients I see with the services they need and support them and their families through their own set of challenges.
According to BCMHC's website, "75% of BCMHC's clients are from low to moderate-income families. 48% have a history of abuse or neglect in their homes. 40% of the Center's clients are at-risk youth, including 1,500 Boston teens who live in the city's violence prone neighborhoods. Increasingly, BCMHC is offering services to the families of at-risk youth, helping them understand and respond to the complex issues surrounding children in crisis." Additionally, "in the 1980s, 80% of BCMHC's revenue came from government grants and reimbursements. Today, that number is 30%. Of (their) 38,000 annual visits, 10,000 are not reimbursable through insurance."
Those numbers and statistics speak volumes. Mental health is so often overlooked or dismissed. I am proud to run the Boston Marathon for Brookline Community Mental Health Center. I hope you will support me over the next few months by cheering me on, reminding me to stay hydrated, discouraging me from going on international trips the week before the marathon, donating to BCMHC through my page, telling Parker that I will NOT in fact, WIN the Boston Marathon (but that's okay, there's always next year), encouraging Everly to sleep through the night EVERY night, and reminding Colby that I DO need to order Pad Thai weekly (nightly?) in order to stay adequately fueled to train for a marathon in 10 weeks.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!