On September 14, 2020, Team Make-A-Wish® will be among the thousands of runners conquering a 26.2 mile route into Boston in the 124th running of the Boston Marathon! Our four runners are hard at work training and fundraising, and each runner has a goal of granting a child's wish through the marathon by raising $13,000 or more. You can help by making a donation to celebrate the incredible commitment of our runners! Your contribution will help Alexa, Marie, Gray, and Vanessa 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.
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Team Make-A-Wish 2020
Alexa is an account management representative at Converse, Inc. and volunteers with Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is excited to run her first-ever marathon and to do so in support of our organization. Through her volunteer work, Alexa has witnessed first-hand the excitement and happiness that a wish brings to the lives of children and their families. She is inspired to run the 2020 Boston Marathon to champion the causes of the hundreds of children that we serve each year, and she draws motivation from her grandmother, who biked across the country at the age of 76!
“As a volunteer for Make-A-Wish, I have seen the inspiration and power of its mission. Every wish kid has the chance to feel special and experience the joy and excitement of their wish being granted. I am honored to run with Make-A-Wish and be a part of that happiness.”
Marie Caulfield - Charlestown, MA
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Marie is a registered nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who has raised more than $100,000 for health causes over the years. An avid runner, she has run 32 marathons, and she will run her 25th Boston Marathon in memory of her nephew, Tommy. After being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at age six, Tommy’s wish to go on a Disney cruise was granted by our organization in 2010. When Tommy passed away at 14, Marie resolved to keep his memory alive. She will run the 2020 Boston Marathon to preserve Tommy’s legacy of perseverance, helping others, and performing random acts of kindness.
“This year, I am honored to run the Boston Marathon with Make-A-Wish to keep Tommy’s memory alive and help another child experience the powerful impact of a wish and know that they are not alone.”
Gray Davidson Carroll - Montague, MA
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A 19-year-old college student who serves on the student senate at Greenfield Community College and volunteers for Youth Rise Together, a youth activism group, Gray took up running just last year during a three-month trip to New Zealand. Since then, Gray has participated in two half-marathons, and the Boston Marathon will be their first official marathon. Inspired by their aunt, a Make-A-Wish staff member, Gray is eager to support a cause that brings hope to the lives of so many children. Gray will run the 2020 Boston Marathon in honor of their parents because they have always encouraged Gray to pursue their passions.
“Make-A-Wish has made my dream of running the Boston Marathon possible, and they also make the wishes of countless children become a reality. I can think of no better organization to run my first marathon in support of because everyone has a right to experience their dreams.”
Vanessa is a senior associate of global training at Bain Capital, where she serves on the company’s social impact committee. A long-time supporter of Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, she is as a wish-granting volunteer and a member of our Wine and Wishes Committee. Vanessa is excited to run her first marathon as a testament to her dedication to the organization and her desire to invest in its ongoing impact on the lives of many.
“It has been a dream of mine to run the Boston Marathon, and to be a part of the Make-A-Wish marathon team is a true honor. I have been involved with the organization since I was in high school, and it has instilled in me a philanthropic spirit that has become part of my identity. I feel lucky to be able to participate in this new way.”
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We are very grateful to be participating in the John Hancock Non-Profit Program, which made this opportunity possible.