I’m Running the Boston Marathon for Christopher’s Haven
On April 19, 2010, I’ll be pounding the pavement once again from Hopkinton to Boston, determinedly putting one foot in front of the other for more than 26 long, arduous miles.
It’ll be the 10th time I’ve taken this same exhausting journey. And I’ll be tired and sore most of the way. But as I’ve said before, it doesn’t get any more exciting than to cross the finish line of what is arguably the most prestigious road race in the world, the Boston Marathon.
And given the fact that I’m running to help kids — and their families — who are fighting cancer, it doesn’t get any more important.
This year I’m running on behalf of Christopher’s Haven, a home away from home for children being treated for cancer at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston. And this year I’m training with the only other member of the Christopher’s Haven marathon team, my good friend and neighbor, Dan Durkin. A dynamic duo, that’s us.
Christopher’s Haven was founded in 2001 by Dan Olsen, a local actor, singer-songwriter and three-time cancer survivor. While receiving treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dan met families struggling to care for a child battling cancer while also facing the staggering costs of extended stays near the hospital. After surviving his third bout with the disease, Dan committed himself to doing something to help families like those he’d met. He envisioned a haven for young cancer patients and their families, a place that would free them from concerns about lodging and allow them to focus on their child’s treatment and recovery. He envisioned Christopher’s Haven.
As many of you know, I’ve run Boston for charity a number of times in the past. Six times to be exact. The other three times I ran Boston were as an unofficial entrant. And I’ve run other marathons, too — New York in 1984 and 1987 as well as one in Amherst, MA in 1980.
My goal is to raise $5,000 for Christopher’s Haven. To contribute to this cause, simply go to my Firstgiving fundraising page at http://www.firstgiving.com/bobcargill, where you can make a secure online donation with a credit card. Or, if you prefer, you may donate by check — please make it payable to Christopher’s Haven and return it to my attention at 33 Oakwood Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776.
Your help will mean a great deal to me, but it’ll mean much more to the many boys and girls being treated for cancer at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and their families who are staying with them at Christopher’s Haven.
It is for these young cancer patients and their families that I’ll be running the Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010. And it is on their behalf that I ask you from the bottom of my heart to give as much as you possibly can to Christopher’s Haven today. Thank you.
By the way, back in 2005-2006, I wrote quite a bit about running the Boston Marathon for charity right here on this blog…
Running the Boston Marathon for Charity: A Personal Fundraising Initiative (Part One)
January 18, 2005
Running the Boston Marathon for Charity: A Personal Fundraising Initiative (Part Two)
January 24, 2005
Running the Boston Marathon for Charity: A Personal Fundraising Initiative (Part Three)
January 31, 2005
Running the Boston Marathon for Charity: A Personal Fundraising Initiative (Part Four)
February 7, 2005
Running the Boston Marathon for Charity: A Personal Fundraising Initiative (Update)
April 12, 2005
Running the Boston Marathon for Children’s Hospital Boston — and Hailey
October 31, 2005
Running the Boston Marathon for Children’s Hospital Boston — Update
January 30, 2006
Please Sponsor Bob’s Boston Marathon Run for Children’s Hospital Boston
April 6, 2006
A Memorable Boston Marathon for More Reasons Than One
April 19, 2006
And, finally, if you’re interested in watching some of the videos that I recorded last year when I ran Boston for MassGeneral Hospital for Children, check out my YouTube channel, BobRuns4Charity. I’ll be putting up some new videos there soon. Thanks.Google+