MDSC Boston Marathon Team Set; Gearing Up to Run for Loved Ones with Down Syndrome
The MDSC is proud to be an official charity of the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program to participate in the Boston Marathon for the 7th consecutive year! For the 2018 Boston Marathon, we are excited to announce an amazing team of runners, who are already hitting the pavement to train for big race on April 16.
Matthew and Derrah Gousie - parents to 2-year-old Cecilia. "For the past two years, Cecelia has lit up our world with smiles, laughs, milestones, little victories, and a determined effort to do things that don't come easy to her. As her parents, it is simply not possible to be anything other than immensely proud of her."
Chad Grieves - Running for his brother Ricky, who passed away in 2007. "I was truly blessed to grow up with my brother Ricky, who was born with Down Syndrome. Ricky was a 'light' and his life exemplified humility, joy, and love for everyone he came in contact with."
Matthew Preston - Running for his daughter Molly. "Everyday I watch Molly's boundless energy and dogged determination with everything she does and I decided I needed to do something to honor how hard she works. I ran the marathon for the MDSC in its inaugural year as a marathon charity shortly after my twins were born in September of 2008 and now seems like the perfect time to jump back in."
Stefanie Bishop - Running for her daughter Nora. "I didn't think that I was going to run again this year. I thought about the whole experience last year - the training was long. It was hard. It hurt. It was stressful to fundraise and worry about not raising enough money. Then I thought about Nora and the surgeries she's been through, the daily activities that are harder for her (learning to speak, fine motor, gross motor, reaching developmental milestones, etc), and how her life will be more challenging than those of her typically developing peers. So, I run because Nora is my inspiration!"
Michael Plumer - Running for his 4-year-old Sean, who recently successfully transitioned from early intervention to pre-school! "Running the Boston Marathon has been a bucket list item for me for some time. To be able to run Boston, raise awareness [about Down syndrome], and funds for MDSC is the best of both worlds. This is a chance for me to do something I love doing while helping Sean, and all others with Down Syndrome."
Anastacia Whitman - Co-owner of World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry in North Portland, ME, who has many children with Down syndrome as patients. "I went to dental school and worked in Boston for many years. I have always wanted to run this prestigious race and am thrilled to be doing it on behalf of such a great organization that helps to spread awareness, acceptance, and research into this beautiful community."