Last week, Wediko Children’s Services was well-represented at the 120th Boston Marathon, organized by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA).
Through the generosity of principal race sponsor John Hancock and their Nonprofit Marathon Program, Wediko had a team training and fundraising to support our mental health work with children and families. Team runners included Jeanne Wolf, Kathy Walsh, Alexis Hyder, and Wediko New York clinician Meghan Gabriel, LICSW.
On the Sunday before the marathon, Wediko hosted a brunch to share food, last-minute logistics, and congratulations for our team’s huge accomplishments. The team met several Board of Trustees members, numerous staff, and heard a keynote address from Erin, a student forever impacted by her Wediko experience. The gathering served as a reminder of the importance of Wediko’s work and a thank you to this incredible team for collectively raising nearly $40,000 to support our continuum of programs.
Team runners were not the only Wediko representatives at this year’s Boston Marathon. Wediko Grant Fund Manager Helene Norton-Russell ran her first marathon with a smile the whole 26.2 miles!
Also represented was Noel O’Connor, a four-time Wediko Boston Marathon team member. Noel, who unexpectedly passed away in January, was featured on a banner as part of John Hancock’s new social media campaign, which gave Boston Marathon community members the chance to see themselves on banners lining Boylston Street. Noel’s banner watched over our team and the marathon’s 30,000 runners as they made their final turn towards the finish line. It was a well-deserved tribute to an incredible man.
Wediko is so appreciative to everyone who made this day successful; our amazing team, our staff (running and cheering), the Board of Trustees, donors, John Hancock, and the BAA. We are so appreciative for yet another opportunity to make a difference for children and families via one of the most historic races in the world.