|Team Epic for Bill Tent|
The night before the big MMRF 5K run/walk race, we were a bit nervous, as we were about $450 short of our fundraising goal of $10,000. But our son, Jason, was a savior. He drove up from Connecticut Saturday night and dumped donations on the kitchen table that he had collected from his co-workers that day at his restaurant, Joey Garlic. It came to $602 in cash! I was stunned. It was overwhelming, as I fought back the tears. Those donations put us over the top. We had done it! We all went to bed that night knowing that we had reached our goal. It was so very satisfying.
|Wally, the Green Monster|
Pam's sister, Michelle, provided Team Epic for Bill tee shirts for all of us to wear. What a nice surprise! Now we could stand out among the multitudes. Thank you so much, Michelle!
There were about 2,500 runners/walkers there, which beat the previous record of 2,100 last year. They also raised a record $520,000 for this event, surpassing last year's previous record of $475,000. This event keeps growing every year.
|Paul Richardson & dog|
Paul comes to this event every year, and he ran this year with his dog. I saw him on the course, and he was having a very respectable time. I met with him afterwards and he told me that I look really good. I found that very encouraging.
Our team then congregated at the starting line for this event. The serious runners went to the front, while us slackers who were only walking hung back at the end. We had several good athletes on our team, including Pam's cousin, Sam Whatley, who finished 14th out of 743 runners with a time of 20:08! Wow! I talked with Sam at the brunch after the event, and he told me that when the going got rough during the race, he thought about me and what I went through with my stem cell transplant, and it gave him the strength to push on. Oh my!
Afterwards, we hosted a brunch at the Coppersmith Restaurant in South Boston. It was an awesome venue. We had our own room with a great brunch menu. Coppersmith was voted as the best place for Bloody Marys in Boston. I had one, and I agree. It was a great way to thank all the people who supported us in this effort.
This was one of the amazing events in my life. I will never forget the overwhelming support from my family and friends. Life is good!