In a few short weeks, over 30,000 athletes will gather in the small town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts for the running of the 118th Boston Marathon! Each runner has spent the past year training and dedicating themselves to the preparation of this life event and the most famous marathon in the world. The tragic events of last year’s marathon have only added to the desire of the entire running community to run free and strong in open defiance of those who attempted to steal away the joy of this annual celebration of life, health and athleticism.
Every runner that crosses the starting line on April 21, 2014 will have in their hearts a cause for which they are running. Many have overcome great adversity, while others seek to achieve their goals as athletes. Most will stride in memory of loved ones or in the name of those who live in affinity due to their personal sacrifice. I will run for Corporal Andrew L. Hutchins of New Portland, Maine who died in Afghanistan on November 8, 2010 widowing his childhood sweetheart and wife, Heather, who was pregnant with their first child Alyssa.
Andy was a remarkable young man and an exceptional soldier who carried his Maine work ethic and discipline to the Profession of Arms. He was an outdoorsman and a natural leader in the United States Army Military Police Corps. His maturity, careness of others and quick wit made him very popular among his fellow soldiers. His abiding love for Heather was the romance of a lifetime. Like so many of our nation’s heroes, Andy died defending the country he loved and surrounded by his fellow soldiers who loved him as much as the people of Maine.
I have donated $2,500 dollars (half of my $5,000 goal) in Andy’s name to the Run for the Fallen, which is a Maine charity that provides support to our Maine Gold Star Families (www.runforthefallenmaine.org). This 100% volunteer organization organizes fundraisers, meetings, dinners and scholarships for families like Heather’s and every penny of each donation is given to the families and tax deductable. I am asking your organization to consider a gift of what you can within your budget to support this remarkable cause.
This campaign is open until May 21, 2014 and you may give through the following secure and validated website at www.crowdrise.com/ColonelJackMosher . You may also wish to contact me directly at the above phone number to ask any questions regarding your decision to support this honored run to the finish line on Boylston Street in Downtown Boston. I hope that your team will make the decision to support The Run for the Fallen and think of Corporal Andy Hutchins and his family on April 21, 2014. I thank you in advance for your kind consideration.
God bless you, OneLife Warriors…keep running and I’ll see you tomorrow!!!