The Salem News asked those on the North Shore who are running this year's Boston Marathon to share their reasons for running.
If you're running the marathon this year, it's not too late to share why you're running. Send a brief paragraph, a photo of yourself and a link to your fundraising site (if applicable) to Cheryl Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashley McGilloway, Beverly
Last year, I set my sights on completing the 2013 Boston Marathon with the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society in memory of my uncle, Fred Abate. He lost his battle to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010. His loss weighed deeply on my family. Unfortunately that moment of crossing the finish line was taken away from me and thousands of other runners. But now I feel like I am able to move forward thanks to the support of LLS, my family and the Beverly community. I've set a hefty goal of raising $15K to cross the 2014 Boston finish line. Any amount of support will help me honor the memory of my uncle and bring us closer to a cure!
Bill Holm, Danvers
I'm running the Boston Marathon this year for Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Hematology and Oncology team. I ran last year after raising over $5,000 for the team. I was stopped at mile 22 last year and am determined to see the finish line this year. All money raised goes directly to help the children battling cancer either directly through programs or cancer research.
Chelsey McGinn, Ipswich
I am a registered nurse at MGH in the Blake 12 Intensive Care Unit. I work with an exceptional group of doctors and nurses who are the definition of strength and compassion. On Monday, April 15, 2013, that strength and compassion was tested by the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon. I saw firsthand the impact the bombing had on the victims and their families. For these reasons, I knew instantly that I wanted to be a part of the 2014 Boston Marathon when the opportunity presented itself. I am running the marathon in support of the MGH Emergency Response Fund which provides social services for victims and families of disasters, as well as emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness training.
Shannon Botte, Lynn
Hi my name is Shannon Botte from Lynn, Mass., and I am running the 2014 Boston Marathon. I was having the run of a lifetime last April 15, 2013, when I was stopped at mile 24. I had no idea what was going on until after they stopped me and I learned that there had been explosions at the finish line. I am running this year to finish what I started in 2013, for the lives lost in the attacks, and for all of the survivors.
This will be my 15th full marathon over the past three years. I am not running the Boston Marathon this year for charity like I have in the past, as I am travelling to Paris with Team in Training this Thursday, April 3, to run the Paris Marathon. I have raised just over $23,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since November 2010.
Alen Yen, Beverly
During the bombing, I promised Dana-Farber friends that I'd run for them, and to do something to honor our great city. I've been running for three years, and this is my first Marathon; the training has been brutal. My charity is the Barr Program in Innovative Cancer Research. 100 percent of proceeds go to research. My run is dedicated to our family friend Phil Stetson who passed in 2011 to cutaneous lymphoma, and to all the first responders, volunteers and runners of 2013. Very proud to be #bostonstrong.
Wayne and Shannon Sholds, Salem
My name is Wendy Sholds and both my husband and daughter are running the Boston Marathon this year.
On April 18, 1995, my husband Wayne Sholds carried our daughter Shannon across the finish line when she was 14 months old.
This will be Wayne's 25th consecutive Boston Marathon, albeit he has run as a bandit for the last few years due to injuries which have prevented him from qualifying.
This will be Shannon's third Boston Marathon. Last year Wayne and Shannon had just rounded the corner onto Boylston Street when the horrific bombings occurred.
It has always been Shannon's dream to run Boston Marathon with her dad as official entrants, and this year they both have official bib numbers. Shannon is a sophomore at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, N.H. She is a double major in pre-med and psychology.
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Marissa Hudson and Meredith Johnston, Danvers natives
My name is Marissa Hudson, and my sister, Meredith, and I are thrilled and honored to run the 2014 Boston Marathon to support the pediatric hematology-oncology program at Mass General Hospital for Children. We are running because April 2014 is not only the month of the marathon, but it will mark Meredith's eighth year in remission from Hodgkins lymphoma. Our entire family is so thankful for the amazing care she received at MGH, and running this marathon is our way of giving back. As this is my first marathon I am not entirely sure what I am getting myself into, but I know that it will be amazing. Mer and I will keep everyone updated with our training and fundraising progess along the way through our blog: http://hudsonstrong.wordpress.com/.
Meredith and I grew up in Danvers, Mass., and while she currently lives on Long Island, I am a resident of Beverly.
Mariellen Hayward, Peabody
I am representing the North Shore Striders at the marathon. I was awarded a number last year through their lottery system. As a fairly new runner (three years) I was thrilled to take part in this historic race. The horrific events of last year only allowed me to complete 21 miles. The BAA invited me back and I am running for all of those affected by that senseless act. Running has gotten me through some very hard times. I hope those people find something to help them cope. At 57, I am the oldest female runner from Peabody — and proud of it!
Joan Meagher, Salem
I am a Beverly native now living in Salem and am running my first Boston Marathon for Newton Wellesley Hospital raising money for the Vernon Cancer Center.
Running this year is incredibly important to me. Everyone has a story, everyone has a reason why they run marathons and why running the Boston Marathon is important to them but this year...this year we are all connected by the tragedy of the bombings last year. I was volunteering as I have for several years with the Wicked Running Club at the Mile 17 Power Gel stop. We had just finished cleaning up when the news of what happened at the finish made its way to us. It is still so hard to believe that something so terrible happened at an event meant to bring people together to celebrate the human spirit. I feel so blessed to be able to run this year, to be a part of something so meaningful, showing support for my fellow runners, the city of Boston and everyone effected by the bombings. I also feel incredibly lucky to be able to run for a charity that is near and dear to my heart.
Jennifer Bresnahan, Peabody native
I began running in 2010, mostly running 5Ks. I joined the Mystic Runners running club in Wakefield in 2012 and through a lottery drawing, I received a number to run the 2013 Boston Marathon. Since I wasn’t able to finish because of the day’s tragic events, I was given the opportunity to sign up for the 2014 marathon. As Marathon Monday looms closer, I’m getting excited as I anticipate crossing the finish line.
Sally Reiley, Marblehead
My name is Sally Reiley and I will be running my first Boston Marathon next month!
I live in Marblehead, am 54 years old and the mother of five, and will be running for Mass Eye and Ear. Doctors at Mass Eye and Ear saved the vision of my father, and before that my grandparents, so I am giving back by raising money for eye research.
Greg Dwyer, Salem
I am running the Boston Marathon for the Run to End Alzheimer’s team in memory of my father, Thomas Dwyer. Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 53 and passed away from complications of the disease at 60. The marathon has provided a forum for me to “do something” about his disease given Alzheimer’s has no cure or effective treatment options. This will be the third time running for this Alzheimer’s Association (first time as a father myself) — money raised will fund the charity’s many activities that include patient advocacy, caregiver support, and providing funding for research toward a cure.
Kerry Gertz, South Hamilton
I'm running the marathon this year with the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge team, my second year with DFMC. I joined the team at Dana Farber because my husband was treated there five years ago for melanoma, and fundraising for the hospital is my way of repaying them.
Ann Dubiel-Hudson and Marybeth Godwin, Nahant
We are both moms from Nahant, Massachusetts, and have been running together for several years! We ran Marine Corps Marathon together in 2011 and this is our first Boston! We are both running to raise money for the American Medical Athletic Association and their Youth Fitness Fund which supports and educates schools/communities on the epidemic of childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease. We have been training on the hills of Nahant and also with the L Street Running Club in South Boston. The winter weather could not stop us.....only made us stronger! See you in Hopkinton! BOSTON STRONG!
Clare Leathersich, Beverly
Clare Leathersich is running the Boston Marathon in support of Riley Fessenden.
There isn't a day in my life I can remember that I didn't have a passion for fitness burning inside of me. Growing up with two brothers kept me busier than almost anyone I knew. I played at least three sports my entire life all the way up to college when my athletic career came to a halt. The Beverly community has always supported me and my teammates in reaching whichever goals we set forth for ourselves, so with a new goal in mind I ask one more time for the community to support me in my next adventure. This year I am running the Boston Marathon. After taking two years off and losing much of my fitness motivation I realized it was time for my next big project. I felt lost without a fitness goal and understood that it was time to cross running the marathon off my bucket list a little quicker than anticipated.
Beverly athletics and the Beverly community is what has guided me through my childhood and helped me grow into the person I am today. When hearing that a little girl, much like I used to be is struggling to have those same opportunities it breaks my heart. I would love to do anything I can to reach out to the community to help Riley and her family in any way that I can. This year I will be running the marathon on behalf of all who can't and on behalf of Riley.
Jenna Israni, Beverly
My name is Jenna Israni and I am honored to be running in the 2014 Boston Marathon on behalf of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Charity Team. The funds I raise will go toward the "Girl Scouts Get Moving" Health Initiative which is a program designed to prepare young girls to lead a fulfilling, rewarding life. Please donate if you are able.
Growing up in Beverly, I ran cross country and track at BHS for four years and my love for running continued thereafter. On race day, I will run for me, for charity and for Boston. Bring on that finish line!
Chris Natale, Danvers
My name is Chris Natale and I will be running the Boston Marathon this year. This will be my 13th consecutive Boston Marathon running for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I started running for Dana-Farber in memory of my mother, Geraldine Natale, who died of breast cancer at the age of 57. She was treated for many years at Dana-Farber and was involved in experimental protocols. I have raised over $60,000 for Dana-Farber over the past 13 years and am very proud of this accomplishment!
I was born and raised in Danvers and currently live in town with my wife, Kathleen, and three children, Aidan, Colin and Julia.
Kerri Callahan, Danvers
Kerri Callahan is a 36-year-old mother of four running the Boston Marathon for her 5-year-old son, Timothy. Kerri lives in Danvers and is running for Neurofibromatosis Inc. Northeast, an organization that supports people with NF and their families. Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that can cause tumors to grow anywhere in or on the body. Kerri's son Timothy was diagnosed three years ago and thus far has been doing well. Kerri is grateful to be running the marathon again this year to raise more awareness of NF.
Sue Quimby, Middleton
I wish I could say I am running the Boston Marathon this year for some noble cause, like raising money for an important charity. I am running for more selfish reasons. I am running because of guilt. Last April, as news of the tragedy hit me, I was overcome by not only horror but of guilt for not being there. Not really "survivor's guilt" but more like something of mine was suffering and I wasn't there to stop it. How could a marathon run by hundreds of thousands of people over the years, a holiday celebrated by millions in our state, and a baseball game watched by even more across the country be called "mine?" I guess you have to be a Massachusetts native, a Sox fan, and maybe even a runner to understand.
I can remember as a kid enjoying the first Monday of school vacation week, watching the hoopla of the marathon on TV, watching in awe back when the thought of running a mile seemed to me like an act of a crazy person. I would watch the Sox game on TV thinking how cool it was that Major League Baseball scheduled a game around a local road race. I remember school field trips to Lexington and Concord and long discussions at school about the book "April Morning." I went to Northeastern University and loved it so much I got my graduate degree there too. I have worked in law enforcement for 13 years, with my office in downtown Boston. Big Papi was right when he said his infamous and colorful words about this being OUR city. When I ran my first Boston Marathon in 2004, I was hooked. Never before did an athletic event bring so much emotion and pride and love for the city of Boston and its suburbs. I cannot fully describe the overwhelming feeling of running that historic course, past the Citgo sign, and finally through the beautiful tunnel of screaming people as I took a right on Hereford Street and left onto Boylston Street. If you have run it, you know what I mean.
So when terrorists hurt My Marathon, My City, My Holiday, I felt I SHOULD have been there. I have run Boston three times, but haven't been there in few years. I had been neglecting it. As scared as I was even miles away, I knew that I would be at that starting line in Hopkinton on Patriots Day 2014. I need to be there to pay my respects to those who died and suffered and to all those like me who feel violated and want to take our day, our marathon, our holiday back. On the one hand, this all sounds a bit crazy to me, but on the other hand, I know there are a thousands out there who feel exactly the same way. See you in Hopkinton and most importantly, see you in Boston!
Michelle Parsons, Salem native
I am excited to be running as part of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Marathon Team in the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. I have worked as a Registered Nurse at the hospital for over 13 years and am proud of its leadership in patient care, teaching and medical research.
I completed my first Boston Marathon in April 2002, running with the American Red Cross Marathon Team and raising money for families who had lost loved ones on 9/11. It was a small way of giving back during a difficult period in our nation’s history.
I was especially affected by the tragic events of the 2013 Boston Marathon, as my younger brother was running the race. I was at home with my children when news reports of the bombing began to appear, and I was immediately concerned for the safety of my brother, as well as my parents, who were standing on Boylston Street. However, once I was able to make contact with my parents and my brother (who were all safe), my attention began to focus on the victims of the bombings. Innocent people from as nearby as Dorchester and Chelmsford to as far as California were either killed or seriously injured. I was working on the evening that MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was tragically killed and remained at the hospital throughout the subsequent lockdown. Along with my colleagues, we cared for our patients and assured them that they were safe inside the hospital, despite the fact that the suspects were still on the run. I will never forget those tense hours.
Therefore I am once again determined to run 26.2 miles and raise money for a deserving charitable organization. BIDMC provided excellent care and comfort to many of the victims and their families, so I am proud to be running for the Healthy Champions Program at the Bowdoin Street Health Center in Dorchester, which is affiliated with BIDMC.
Healthy Champions is an interactive program designed to assist economically disadvantaged young people to become ambassadors of health within their community. The program teaches children in the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester about wellness, prevention and leadership, and mentors them on spreading these important lessons to their families, neighbors and school-age peers. Many of the children help to maintain a vegetable garden in Dorchester, which educates them about the benefits of incorporating healthy foods into their daily lives, while simultaneously allowing the children to teach their peers how these foods reduce health issues such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and asthma. As a parent, I stress to my three young children the importance of proper nutrition on a daily basis, and I hope to raise money so that the Healthy Champions Program can continue to achieve its goal of educating children about nutrition.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and your support. I look forward to running in what will be a very special Boston Marathon this April.
Michael Osborne, Beverly
I have taken on the challenge of running the Boston Marathon to benefit Spaulding Rehabilitation Hopsital. While I officially accepted a number to run this year’s race in November, I was driven to do so last spring after the awful events of the 2013 Boston Marathon. In the wake of tragedy I was saddened; however, I found encouragement in the work of my wife, Marissa, and her colleagues at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Marissa and her colleagues worked tirelessly to rebuild not only the lives of the marathon survivors and their families; but also helped to give the City of Boston hope toward recovery. All of Boston watched and listened to the stories of 32 marathon survivors who “found their strength” at Spaulding. Not only did their stories, challenges and victories fill me with tremendous pride, they helped our city to persevere.
As the one-year anniversary approaches, I am reminded that small miracles continue daily at Spaulding. I am fortunate to hear stories of remarkable recoveries every day. Within the walls of the beautiful new Spaulding Rehab Hospital, patients climb mountains in order to achieve their goals and return to life. The stories of hope and strength that come from Spaulding’s work would not be possible without the devotion of my wife and her colleagues, many of whom I call friends.
I ask that you please consider supporting my efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. No donation is too small.
With heartfelt gratitude I thank you in advance for your support. I hope you will join me in Boston on Marathon Monday as we will show the world “Boston Strong”!
Katelyn Hartnett, Danvers native
For me, running has always been a personal battle against the clock and my opposition. Having come from a successful D1 track career at Holy Cross, the Boston Marathon presents the perfect opportunity for me to not only display my passion for running, but to run for a cause greater than myself. I am honored to be running on behalf of RESPOND. For over 35 years, the Somerville-based nonprofit has sought to end domestic violence by providing life-saving shelter, education, and support services to the Boston community. I am looking forward to running in support of RESPOND and in honor of all the victims and heroes of last year's tragedy.
Richard Tabbut, Beverly
My name is Richard Tabbut and I am a resident of Beverly. Last year I was part of a large group of runners who were stopped by police on Commonwealth Avenue half a mile from the finish. I had no idea if my wife and friends were safe. The local residents gave me water, blankets, and assistance when it was sorely needed as I was freezing. I am running for the 2014 Boston Marathon Franklin Park Coalition Charity Team. It is my small way to give back for all the help we received last year from everyone in Boston.
Brooke Barsanti, Hamilton
This will be my second year attempting to finish the Boston Marathon — due to the events of last year's, I was unable to cross that finish line. Thousands of miles, hours of training, consistent soreness (as I'm not good at foam rolling) dozens of ice baths, and relentless fundraising...I've been asked "why do you run" more times than I can count. The answer is simple, but I can only answer in three parts, as all are equally important.
1. I run because it challenges me more than everything else I do. Wether I'm running three miles or 20, you can bet there are minutes, sometimes hours when I tell myself, "all this pain can stop if you just walk," but I never do. The reward of persevering through those difficult moments is what keeps me lacing up.
2. I run because I can. In 2008 my dear friend Evan Nicholson died of leukemia. Shortly after I became involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. LLS is an amazing organization and resource. I urge families and friends dealing with blood cancer to connect with LLS — they are a lifeline. This will be my second year running with LLS, and Evan's name on my singlet. Since my time with this organization, I've seen how many millions of lives are touched by blood cancer. Thus, I run because I have the ability to make a difference while doing so.
3. In 2013 the Boston Marathon — one of New England's most sacred events — was harmed by acts of hatred. So many people robbed, of lives, limbs, friends, family, or a finish line. It was a sad and scary time...but much like a runner, Boston refuses to stand down. The 118th Boston Marathon will be the biggest and best of all. We run because there is no act of hatred that is scary enough to stop us from completing what we've started. #werunBoston #BostonStrong.
Brooke is currently taking names of people who are struggling or have struggled with blood cancer, which she will write on the singlet she will wear on Marathon Monday — she's running for them, too, she says. To add a name to Brooke's singlet, contact her at Barsanti.email@example.com.
Caroline Moore, Manchester
My name is Caroline Moore, and I will be running the 2014 Boston Marathon on behalf of Esperanza Academy, an all-girls, tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition, located in Lawrence. For 91 percent of the students at Esperanza, English is their second language, and 100 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch under the National School Lunch Program.
As I've been completing my full-time student-teaching practicum while marathon training, I have witnessed on a day-to-day basis just how important it is for students to have a strong support system, especially during the middle-school years. Teaching 10th-graders, it is so clear to me which of my students did have a strong support network early on in their education, as these students bring organization, confidence, curiosity, and the tools to self-advocate and stand up for themselves to the classroom. Through an extended-day, extended-year schedule, close relationships with teachers, and a focus on service, Esperanza Academy certainly provides its students with these supports, which will remain with the girls throughout their lives. As a testament to this, 100 percent of the very first class to graduate from Esperanza graduated high school in 2013.
I could not be more excited to be running my very first marathon for Esperanza Academy! As a teacher, I connect with Esperanza's mission and work, and am thrilled to be helping to support these young women at such a critical time in their lives. Thank you all so much for your support!
Alison Trainor, Beverly
Right now I am a second-year medical student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. I was born and raised in Beverly and am excited to be coming home to run the marathon. The city of Boston has always held a special place in my heart.
I ran Boston last year and was fortunate enough to have finished and found my family before the bombs went off. Shortly after last year's marathon I realized I had to return and run in 2014. I'm running to show my support for the city that I love, everyone who was affected, and the running community as a whole. My family and I all feel fortunate that we can come back to the Boston Marathon this year to show that we are Boston Strong.
Amy Cutler, Marblehead
On April 21, I will run my fourth Boston Marathon. More than ever, this past year has strengthened my belief that everyone, especially children, needs and deserves a family and safety network. In celebration of and in gratitude for my family, I am running for the Plummer Home for Boys in Salem. Plummer Home gives children the support necessary to successfully navigate to healthy adulthood and strives to find them permanent families before they leave the foster care system. Please join me in supporting Plummer Home because children need families.
Michael Goolkasian, Ipswich
Wow, this will be my 25th Boston Marathon and it will be bittersweet after last year. Now after all these years, I am in the back of the pack in wave 4, but it's not a race for me any longer — it's a life journey, and I run for my sister and my aunt, who both passed away last year. On Marathon Monday, we are all winners.
Aaron Judge, Salem native
This is my ninth straight year running the Boston Marathon. I have qualified every year since 2005 and I plan to run it every year for a long time. Last year I had a best time of 2:56:56, my second time breaking the three-hour mark. I ran track at Salem High and graduated in 1998. I am a geotechncial engineer at HyGround Engineering in Williamsburg. I have lived in South Haldey for the past seven years.
Nate Lamar, Danvers
On Feb. 1, 2011, my wife Nicole and I were blessed with the birth of our daughter Margaret Halsted Lamar. Unfortunately, Maggie was born nearly 11 weeks early at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Over the next 48 days, Nicole and I witnessed the most amazing care from some of the greatest people we have ever met. I am thrilled to run the 2014 Boston Marathon for the Brigham and Women's Hospital Team as a thank you to the wonderful people that make this hospital such a caring and nurturing place.
Brad Hubeny, Swampscott
Brad Hubeny of Swampscott is running the Boston Marathon as a member of Team Eye and Ear, raising funds for groundbreaking research at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Brad, a geology professor at Salem State, had eye surgery at Mass Eye and Ear last year. He wanted to give back to this unique and world-renowned hospital in a meaningful way. Each year more than 200,000 people from 80 countries seek the care of Mass. Eye and Ear doctors and he can now say from experience that they really do change lives.
Tyler Parady, South Hamilton native
My name is Tyler Parady, and I will be running the Boston Marathon in just over a week! I'm originally from South Hamilton and I ran track and field at HWRHS for four years. This past October I ran my first marathon (Baystate), but this will be my first Boston. I can't think of a more important year to be privileged to run it than this year.
I am so excited to be raising support for The Boston Project Ministries, a nonprofit community development organization in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. In 2012 I lived in Dorchester and worked for this organization, and I am more than impressed with the impact they have had on the lives of the people in their neighborhood.
The Boston Project has been a key provider of youth and family services in Dorchester's Talbot-Norfolk Triangle [TNT] neighborhood for over 15 years. All proceeds will go directly towards hiring two local teenagers for the summer of 2014 to be a part of an employment program. This program has been a key tool in reducing youth violence in the community. The teenagers will work for seven weeks in developing leadership and workplace readiness skills.
We run together! See you on Boylston!
Ninamary Maginnis, Salem native
I grew up in Salem and began my career as a cub reporter for the Salem Evening News. I am now a solo attorney with an office in Louisville, Ky.
As an empty nester, I found running marathon distances to be challenge. I am not very fast, but there is a certain peace one can achieve by jogging long distances.
I am not an athlete by any stretch. I have battled a knee injury during my training, and may not finish. But there is something romantic about running Boston. It is an honor to run for the American Liver Foundation's Run for Research team. I am happy to raise money for an important cause while being granted an opportunity to participate in the world's greatest marathon. On Monday I will be at the start line. I hope my knee holds up so that I can reach the finish line.
Brian P. Barrett, Peabody
I live in Peabody with my wife Amy and our four children. I ran last year for Dana Farber in honor of my late mother Priscilla, raising over $5,000 with the generous support of many donors. I am running this year’s race to honor the memory of my late father, Paul, who passed away in October. I have no official charity affiliation for this year’s race, however I urge people to consider a gift to North Shore Hospice. Hospice cared for both of my parents in their final months. Attached is the link to their donor page.
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