Brendan and I are partnered up for another year with Dana-Farber as part of the Boston Marathon team. We are raising money for the Barr Program. This is our 5th year on the team, and we are so excited.
The best and easiest way to donate is to go to the Dana-Farber site or you can copy this link into thttp://www.runDFMC.org/2016/patrick into your browser.
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For the past seven years, you have been with me every step of the way for each Boston Marathon, and for that I am truly grateful. Together we have raised money for endeavors that are close to our hearts like Dana-Farber’s Barr program in innovative cancer research. I have one more marathon to run, and I hope you will be a part of it.
We were all affected by last year’s Boston bombings in some way. It was a moment that will live with us for a life time. I was in the finish area when I heard the first explosion in the distance. A few moments later, smoke rose over the crowd, and a second, louder explosion went off, and my concerns of a possible terrorist attack became reality. Immediately, I was concerned for those who were hurt, and I feared that family or friends were among them. Heroes rushed in to save those in need and protected the thousands of people still in possible danger. For the next few hours, I slowly reconnected with my loved ones, finally learning they were safe.
While reflecting on the events of last year, I began to see a parallel between those individuals directly affected by the horrible events of that day and those who first discover their diagnosis of cancer. For patients, there are fears they will not survive. And for families, there is uncertainty that their loved ones will be ok and uncertainty of what the future holds. Our donations support the heroes at Dana-Farber who are rushing to help those battling cancer and searching for ways to prevent it.
I hope you will choose to honor these victims and their loved ones along with the heroes that work with them by donating today to Dana-Farber. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge directs 100 percent of funds raised to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in innovative cancer research. You may be able to double your donation though your company’s donation-matching program.
You can make your donations now online at http://www.runDFMC.org/2014/patricko.
I thank you for past support of my fundraising and would appreciate your choosing to support my efforts once again this year.
For more information about the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge go to http://www.rundfmc.org/htmlcontent.asp?cid=116910
Brendan sent me a note about his Christmas tradition bringing cheer to the boys and girls on the
Pediatric Oncology Unit at Dana-Farber. I thought I pass it a long….
Dear Friends and Family,
I hope this email finds you all well and healthy. As most of you know, back in December 30, 2009, I was diagnosed with cancer. After a long 26 months of intense chemotherapy, I finished my treatment protocol at Children’s Hospital in Boston- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on February 2, 2012.
My treatment was very hard on me physically, and I spent over 40 days inpatient on 6N, the Pediatric Oncology Unit.
As my first year cancerversary approached, I realized I didn’t want to spend it being depressed with what I have had to go through, but to instead celebrate it by bringing gifts to the kids who find themselves inpatient on December 30th. I decided to invite my whole class to my birthday party that year, and had the boys bring me a gift and the girls, (who out-numbered the boys 2-1), bring an iTunes gift card.
That first year, we donated 20 pillow pets and $300.00 in iTunes gift cards to the kids and it has grown from there. Last year with the added help of my teammates on Babson’s baseball team I was able to collect $1,250.00 in iTunes and amazon gift cards, 30 small pillowpets for the kids and hosted an Ice cream party for the kids of 6N and 6W. This year my goal is $2,000.00 in gift cards and 30 small pillowpets.
We are looking into different ways of becoming a 501(c)3, but as of now we are still NOT a tax-deductible organization.
If you would like to help me reach my goal this year, you can either send a gift card or check to: Brendan Barrie 200 Allandale Rd. Chestnut Hill, Ma. 02467 – Please make any checks payable to Brendan Barrie- or you can bring them to me at school.
Please send Amazon or ITunes gift cards in $10.00, $15.00 or $25.00 values as it is easier to group and we like to keep all the gifts at the same value. Please have donations in by December 23, 2013 so I have time to purchase all the gift bags.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season,
Brendan Barrie and Family
Tonight’s event was awesome. Over 100 local runners turned out to run as one, in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon. This was my first “real” run since Marathon Monday. It felt great running again, especially for a cause like this. I think it’s helped all of us feel like we a helping in some small way.
Join us May 15th at 6:30PM
It was supposed to be a day of challenges. A day of personal feats. A day of charity and goodwill. A day of celebration. But what happened that day at the Boston Marathon was absolutely horrific. Innocent lives were taken. Other innocent lives have been changed forever. Heroes emerged. Our city showed its strength. Law enforcement officials did not rest until finding those responsible. And now its our time to take care of the victims and their families. Its our time to get back out and run Boston Strong.
Join us at the Boston Fund Run on the one month anniversary of the tragic events of the marathon for a FREE community 5k run/walk. There will be no registration fees, no swag, no shirts, no timing, no prizes and absolutely no merchandise for sale. We will be collecting voluntary donations for The One Fund Boston. Many of you have already donated in your own way or can’t and that’s okay, we still want you here! If you are unable or do not want to run or walk the course, come on down and volunteer or just hang out. This is as much of a community event as a fundraiser.
Directions & Parking
The Raynham Lions Club is located at 2234 King Philip St Raynham, MA 02767. Take Exit 13B off of Route 24 onto Route 44W. Follow Route 44W and then take a right at the lights onto Dean Street (next to 99 Restaurant). From Dean Street take a left onto King Philip Street. The Lions Club will be on your right almost immediately.
Parking will be in two locations. The Lions Club parking lot is tight, so please follow the guidance of our volunteers in parking so we may maximize it. Additional parking will be directly across the street at the Senior Center and some will be available in the soccer field lot (there are Raynham youth sports going on simultaneously). Volunteers will be available to direct you, look for the folks in orange.
5:30PM: Registration Opens
6:15PM: Pre-race ceremony