Boston Marathon: Residents running for a cause (Updated)

by beth on April 5, 2017

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Above: On Marathon Monday, several Southborough residents will be running for good causes (images copied/cropped from fundraising pages and charity websites)

Once again, Southborough runners are in training for the Boston Marathon. This year, 21 residents are assigned bibs. At least thirteen (make that 14) of them are using the Patriot’s Day run to raise funds for worthy causes.

Below are the causes being supported, with links to the runners’ pages.

A group of Southborough runners is registered with The Claddagh Fund’s team this year. Children’s Librarian Kim Ivers is running with three residents to support the cause. (You can read about that in the Community Advocate):

The Claddagh fund
Their mission is to raise money for the most underfunded non-profit organizations that support the vulnerable populations in our communities. They grant funds to charitable organizations that champion the needs of children, veterans and individuals suffering from alcohol and drug addiction.

The Michael’s Miracle team is supported by two Southborough runners this year:

The Michael Lisnow Respite Center
The center provides emotional and physical support for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Also supported by three Southborough runners this year is Dana Farber:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research
Based on a rigorous and highly selective process, the Barr Program funds the brightest, most creative scientists making basic research discoveries that are transforming cancer treatment.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
The institute provides expert, compassionate care to children and adults and is home to groundbreaking cancer discoveries.

Below are 6 other Southborough runners who reached out or whose public fundraising pages I found.

(If you are a Southborough community member running for a cause on Patriot’s Day, and aren’t listed below, please post a comment with your fundraising link.) 

The Town of Ashland
Funds are distributed to non-profits in town. Programs also award money for programs that promote healthy eating in children, fire prevention and safety, drug free community education, the “Senior Safe Program, and many more. (As site of the original marathon starting line until 1923, Ashland receives 22 bibs for fundraisers.)

  • Christo Baltas (click here for his letter and here for Ashland’s fundraising page)

Bay Cove Human Services, Inc.
The organization provides effective, compassionate care to individuals and families who face the challenges of developmental disabilities, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction and aging at over 170 sites in Boston and southeastern Massachusetts.

b.good Family Foundation
The organization’s mission is to help real people with great ideas do good. 100% of the funds raised go directly back to their communities through grants to local leaders looking to improve their neighborhoods. 

Franciscan Children’s
The only pediatric post-acute provider in New England. Children with complex medical, mental health, and educational needs receive specialized care from people who are committed to excellence, innovation and family support so that children can reach their fullest potential and live their best life.

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
NORD is dedicated to supporting individuals and families impacted by rare disease and the organizations that serve them through programs of education, advocacy, research and financial assistance services. This year Dwarki is representing his Patient Partner with Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome.

Tufts Medical Center
Home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children, offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services for adults and children and acting as the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine.

Updated (4/9/17 2:05 pm): I added in the information on Penelope Hauck,  running for Dana-Farber.

1 Nancy Gould April 7, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Thanks for this post Beth!!! 10 days to go! :)

2 Anne Jones April 8, 2017 at 11:08 AM

Bravo to all you runners, and to those who support you. Your causes are all so worthy. And I’d also like to mention Amanda Watters, who is running in support of Children’s Hospital. Amanda now lives in Ashland, but she grew up in Southborough.

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