Dear Family and Friends,
I have a little story to share with you.
There once were three women who liked to run. They didn’t just like to run a mile or two, they liked to run a loonnnggg way. These three women enjoyed running together whenever they could (which wasn’t very often, because one lived in Utah, one lived in Washington, and one lived in California) and one day, they got the idea to run a looonnnggg way in Boston, Massachusetts. They made a pact to train hard, so that each of them would run fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon (26.2 miles), and then they would meet there and enjoy the “biggest of distance running events” together.
Well, it all went as planned. The three women trained and trained and trained…and there were a few “bumps” along the road (a gallbladder had to be removed, a bout of pancreatitis had to be endured, several toes suffered fractures, a knee needed rehab, and a baby was born!) but the women were determined. So determined that each one made their dream a reality and succeeded in qualifying on her own to run in Boston! They had done it!
The three women rejoiced. They thanked their husbands and children for supporting them throughout the sweaty miles and the hours on the trails, roads and treadmills. And they began to look forward to registering for the Boston Marathon in October, and start the training again, but this time the three of them would be running the same race and their dream would come true.
Little did these three women know that thousands and thousands of other determined runners were also looking forward to registering for Boston. Thousands and thousands and thousands sat at their computers that Monday morning in mid-October, and as soon as the registration opened, they were ready to sign up! The marathon reached capacity in 8 hours! A record! Never had the organizers anticipated that the marathon would fill up in less than a day…so this meant that all of the runners who waited until they got home from work that day to go online and register, were out of luck.
Just like one of the three women in our story.
I told you these women were determined, correct? Even though two of them were entered in the Boston Marathon, it was not enough. Well, they have now formed a team – The Boston Dream Team –and they are all committed to raising funds for The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which in return, has granted the last one of them an entry to Boston! Their dream is going to come true after all… all three are going to Boston! AND, they are raising money for an important, life-saving charity along the way!
Please help them with their journey by donating to this very worthy cause. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is moving forward toward a world free of MS. Eighty-five (85) percent of the money raised funds vital MS education, support, advocacy, and research. More than 400,000 Americans live with MS, and your support can and will help them move forward in their lives.
Please help by making a donation - large or small - to create a world free of MS. Whatever you can give will help! As you have guessed, I am one of these three determined women and would greatly appreciate your support.
Visit our team page, where you can make a secure, online donation:
Or, mail a check to
National MS Society
P.O. Box 845945
Boston, MA 02284-5945 (Be sure to include “Donation for The Boston Dream Team” on the memo line.)
Thank you so much!