On April 15, 2019, Team Make-A-Wish® will be among the thousands of runners conquering a 26.2 mile route into Boston in the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon! Our four runners are hard at work training and fundraising, and each runner has a goal of granting a wish through the marathon by raising $12,500 or more. You can help! Meet our runners below and donate to celebrate their incredible commitment to our mission.
Your contribution will help David, Bill, Lynn, and Tony on their journey to the finish line and will move us toward our goal of granting the wish of every medically eligible child in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Meet Team Make-A-Wish
Support a runner via the links below or make a general donation to the team
Click to donate to David's run
David is Chief Operating Officer for Make-A-Wish Massachusetts® and Rhode Island. As a cancer survivor and having lost his only brother and both parents to the disease, his commitment to the Make-A-Wish mission is both personal and professional and he is embracing the challenge of training for Boston. David is very active and enjoys cycling, running, and traveling. He has completed five marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon (twice) and New York City Marathon. This will be his first time running the Boston Marathon.
“I run in support of our entire Make-A-Wish staff team and all of our volunteers and, of course, our wish children.”
William "Bill" Murphy
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Bill is a Branch Manager at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation in Auburn, MA. Motivated by his cousin’s Make-A-Wish experience, over the past 12 years Bill has raised more than $166,000 to help grant wishes, through fundraising events and a monthly donation from the proceeds of all loans he closes. Bill loves coaching his kids’ sports teams, cheering for them, and spending time with his wife, Dianne, at Narragansett Beach. He likes to stay active and in addition to being an avid runner, practices martial arts.
“My cousin Jake was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) as a toddler. My family and I watched as the disease slowly attacked his muscles, eventually leaving him wheelchair- bound…There was one thing this monster of a disease couldn’t take away from him: music. Jake was able to escape through his music and he found great joy in that. His world of endless restrictions became so much brighter when he received a wish through this organization. He received a computer which allowed him to listen to his beloved music. Sadly, Jake passed away in 2015. Through everything, Jake never let his disease take his beautiful spirit. I run in honor of Jake.”
Click to donate to Lynn's run
Lynn is a kindergarten teacher in Shrewsbury, MA. Her cousin’s inspiring story as a leukemia survivor and wish child motivated Lynn to make completing a marathon a lifetime goal, so in 2015 she ran the Maine Coast Marathon. This year, she sets out to run Boston to “make a wish child’s smile a little brighter.” Lynn loves to run, cook, read, spend time with family and friends, and build relationships within the community. She has spent years volunteering and participating in fundraisers for different charities.
"My cousin, Cara, was four years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia. She’s been a brave inspiration from a young age. Twenty-five years later, she continues to live as a resilient and strong survivor. Make-A-Wish granted her the wish of sending her and her family to the Florida theme parks during her fight with cancer and she will always remember the impact this had on her.”
Anthony "Tony" Sampaio
East Providence, RI
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Tony is a wish dad and also a Make-A-Wish volunteer. His daughter, Julia, was diagnosed with leukemia at age five. Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island granted her wish to go to the Florida theme parks, and Tony became a wish-granting-volunteer shortly afterwards. He is honored to be able to give back in such a tangible way to help fulfill the wishes of other children. Julia is now 22 and his constant source of inspiration. Tony was a member of our organization’s Falmouth Road Race team in 2018 and this will be his first time running the Boston Marathon.
"Through the marathon, I want to honor my daughter; she’s amazing in every way, and my hero. Also, my father, who passed away several years ago. He was tough in every way and a person of character and integrity.”
Make a General Donation to Team Make-A-Wish
We are very grateful to be participating in the John Hancock Non-Profit Program, which made this opportunity possible.