One last time. For John. For Shannon. For the Fab Five. For the CU Kids at Heart. For all the kids. One last time. The Boston Marathon.
This is the fifth time I've come to you to ask for your support for my run for the kids of Boston Children's Hospital. Your response throughout the years has been amazing. I've asked a lot, you've given a lot, and I'm asking again; and I think I need to do a little more.
So I'm going to go a little further. This year, on this coming Tuesday, November 27, I'll begin my fundraising effort with a run, by completing one-half of a marathon (13.1 miles). That day will be "Giving Tuesday," and the credit unions that support the CU Kids at Heart have offered to match each dollar that I raise on that day. Thus, every dollar you donate (on Tuesday, Nov. 27, only) will actually be two. And Gillian and I will further match the first $1,000, which the credit unions will further match: so each of those first dollars you donate will actually be four.
I will be running both in honor of and because of my patient partner, John Kenney. I was not going to run again this year until John told me he was staying on the team. John has not quit on me, and I'm not going to quit on John. I've now known him and his dad, Mark Kenney, for over a year, and they both continue to teach me about selflessness, kindness, dedication and courage. As many of you know, John was born with a rare disease called Sturge-Weber Syndrome, which causes frequent debilitating seizures. John’s parents were told when he was born that he would not live beyond the age of 2. His parents didn't accept that verdict and brought him to Boston Children's Hospital. He is now 13, likely to outlive all of us, and he is a most incredible young man. The "incredible" part is, I believe, primarily because of two things: John's indomitable spirit, and his dad's unflinching devotion. Somebody once wrote, “A hero is a man that does what he can.” What these two can do and have done is overcome, with grace and strength of character, every formidable obstacle thrown their way. They are each my hero.
The wrist band that John gave to me last year urges:
“You are capable of amazing things.”
Well, I think we all are. And I do know that with your support we can at least take some small steps to big solutions for some kids who deserve a chance for a better life. I’m asking you to join in this effort to do amazing things one more time beginning on Tuesday. I'll be running then. Please give.
Thank you, so very much.