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From Heartbreak Hill to Heartfelt Joy at the 2015 Boston Marathon

  • Renae (center) poses on race day with sighted guides Lisa and Angela.

  • Emily (right) celebrates finishing the Boston Marathon with her sister.

  • Katie is all smiles as she crosses the finish line.

Team Make-A-Wish turned Heartbreak Hill into heartfelt joy for our wish children through the 2015 Boston Marathon. Along their journey to the finish line, the team raised over $30,000 to help grant wishes for four seriously ill children in our community.

We congratulate runners Emily Castle, Renae Goettel, Katherine Jamieson, and Lisa Raeke on their tirelessJohnHancockLogo efforts and celebrate their incredible commitment to our mission.  We also extend a special thank you to the John Hancock Non-Profit Program for making this opportunity possible.

Donations can still be made in honor of one of our runners through May 29.  To support Team Make-A-Wish with a donation, visit

Meet Team Make-A-Wish

Emily Castle - Boston, MA      
Emily CastleEmily is a talent acquisition coordinator at Kyruus. Her hobbies include running, soccer, boating, basketball, and tennis. This marks Emily's third marathon and her first running of the Boston Marathon.

"I've seen the incredible positive impact Make-A-Wish has on children, and I want to be able to help children have joyful experiences full of smiles, hope, and strength."

Renae Goettel - Seattle, WA      
Renae GoettelRenae is a donor relations specialist at Make-A-Wish® America. A past wish recipient, her hobbies include running, cooking, and volunteering for Make-A-Wish. This was Renae's sixth marathon and her third Boston Marathon.

"As a blind person and past wish recipient, I'm honored to share the joy that Make-A-Wish brings to children by raising funds through the marathon."

Katie Jamieson - Providence, RI
Katie JamiesonKatie is a Master's student at the Brown University School of Public Health. Her hobbies include ice hockey, badminton, cooking, camping, and hiking. This was Katie's second marathon and her first time running the Boston Marathon.

“Running the Boston Marathon and facing some adversity is just a small way to give back to these children, their families, and this amazing organization and to show them how much I care.”

Lisa Raeke - Walpole, MA
Lisa is the Senior Multi-Center Program Manager at MGH Cancer Center. Her hobbies include running, paddleboarding, reading, and spending time with her family. We are proud that Lisa completed her first-ever marathon and did so as a member of Team Make-A-Wish.

“I'm honored to realize my own wish -- to run Boston -- while making a child's wish come true.” 
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