I was fortunate to qualify for this year’s 127th Boston Marathon and will be running on April 17. There is no more important cause to dedicate my marathon to (again) than the Boston Bulldogs Running Club (BBRC).
The Boston Bulldogs Running Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit, BAA charity program, established in 2015 to provide an anonymous and safe community of support for all those adversely affected by addiction, those in recovery, their families and friends and the clinical community. My family and I have been Bulldogs (and Junior Bulldogs) for over 6 years and I have had the great honor to continue to serve on the Board of Directors of this lifesaving organization.
The Bulldogs is not just a running club. It is truly so much more. The Club supports individuals and their loved ones who are affected by addiction, and engages with the community to decrease shame and stigma surrounding those affected by addiction while supporting efforts to improve the care offered to individuals and their loved ones.
The Club supports efforts to give back to those in need as one of its core principles.The Boston Bulldogs Giving Back program is a community engagement initiative that was launched in spring 2019 and has since expanded to each of the towns that are home to a weekly run of the Boston Bulldogs Running Club. The program provides clothing, shoes, outdoor gear, refreshment and compassion to individuals who have been impacted not only by addiction but also by homelessness, mental illness and trauma. The Boston Bulldogs make regular visits to recovery programs, prisons and homeless shelters to offer compassion and raise awareness about wellness in recovery.
The Boston Bulldogs touch all ages. The Club has launched pilot Junior Bulldogs programs at the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain among others, providing vulnerable kids with a positive outlet for stress, a caring community of support from both peers and adults, and an introduction to wellness through engaging in physical activities.
Over the years so many Boston Bulldogs including some of my 2023 marathon teammates have provided amazing peer support for several of my patients. I am incredibly proud of and committed to honoring this community of compassion, support and healing for all of us affected by the disease of addiction.
I sincerely appreciate your support for this fundraiser, the Boston Bulldogs and my goal. You can donate now with any major credit card by hitting “Give Now” on the upper right.