I am running the 2011 Boston Marathon to raise money for the American Liver Foundation's Run for Research, and will post frequently about my training here, in these final weeks leading up to the race.
So many people have asked, “Why are you running with the Liver Foundation – do you have a personal connection?” My answer is, “I didn't, but I do now.” That couldn't be more truthful – over the past several years, I've met so many children and spoken with so many families who are in desperate and dire need of our help, and though I served as Master of Ceremonies for several fund raising Liver Life Walks in Boston, I finally felt moved to do something more. Today's post isn't about my personal decision to run (you can read more about that here), it is instead about one of the many young people who've inspired me to run, and who hopes to inspire you to donate to the Run for Research – my “Liver Buddy,” through the Patient Match Program, designed to pair marathon runners with patients battling liver disease, providing a face and direct connection to the goal at-hand.
I met Tom for the first time at the 2009 Boston Liver Life Walk (see Tom in the video from 2009, below), when I was serving as M.C., and Tom shared his story with me. An affable, intelligent young man, Tom was at the walk with a feeding tube, because he already had determined he was going to do what it took to raise money for the organization he'd come to know all too well. Tom is the second person I interviewed in the video I shot on that bright and sunny day:
Tom's story would have a new, major turn, not long after our first meeting. In tomorrow's blog post, I'll bring you up to date on how my “Liver Buddy” is doing, and his determination to move you, and so many others, to donate to the American Liver Foundation. Click here to donate now - large AND small amounts are appreciated as every dollar counts.
As a new parent, I give thanks everyday for the health of my baby boy. Whether you are a parent, an uncle or aunt, a brother or sister, a cousin, or simply a friend to a child, I know we all agree that life isn't supposed to be so difficult and scary for children so innocent and wholesome. Please, make a difference and donate to my American Liver Foundation Run for Research today, to ensure life-saving and life-improving treatments, medications and procedures can be realized for these children.
Previous Marathon Posts from Matt:
- Post #1: The Journey Continues: Inside My Training for the 2011 Boston Marathon
- Post #2: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, YES! Why I finally decided to run.
- Post #3: A Hill Doesn't Have to Mean Heartbreak
- Post #4: Advice: Why Running the Marathon Was My Secret, For Awhile
- Post #5: Two Sciences Collide, and Find New Balance
- Post #6: The Weatherman's New Clothes: Runner's Apparel