Philanthropy Friday: Running for Boston

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The following article is a guest post from Lauren Pedigo. Lauren and I connected via Being from the Boston area and having written about and donated to The One Fund in the past, I welcomed her post and her fundraising efforts. Good luck, Lauren!

Boston has given me my first job, my first apartment, my first blizzard, new friends, my first lobstah roll and more New England adventures than I can count. As a Midwest transplant, I’ve come to love to this city and the people who bring it life.

Here I am after surviving my first blizzard!

Here I am after surviving my first blizzard!

I’m the kind of person who finds something I love and then really “dig in” for the long haul. I’ve worn the same brand of running shoes since seventh grade. I avoided applying for college because I couldn’t imagine college being better than high school. I chose a major before freshman year and four years later graduated with that degree.

Upon graduation from Butler University in Indianapolis, I set my sights on a new adventure in Boston. In the fifteenth months, I’ve met people who will be lifelong friends and mentors. It’s taken me by surprise how quickly this vibrant city found its way into my heart.

Erica was one of my first friends I met after I moved here and she ran the Boston Marathon last year.

Erica and I at the Somerville Jingle Bell Run in December 2012.

Erica and I at the Somerville Jingle Bell Run in December 2012.

Erica, her parents, my roommate and a handful of friends were on Boylston Street cheering for the thousands of people accomplishing their dreams.

Sitting behind a computer screen at work, I watched the tragic events unfold on Twitter. Fear and helplessness inundated my mind immediately. In a sleepy Midwestern town like my own tragedies happen on television, not in real life. My co-workers and I split a cab home and the longer we drove, the more nauseous I felt. I hadn’t heard from any of them. Phone lines were jammed and news outlets had no verified information. Forty-five minutes later, my roommate’s text finally came and I learned they were all safe. Unfortunately, that wasn’t reality for so many others.

In the days and weeks following, I received an outpouring of love from family and friends, just for living here. It opened my heart to feeling loved even from thousands of miles away. I attended vigils, prayer nights and fundraisers to support the victims. I felt something unexplainably strong for the people of this beautiful city that welcomed me with open arms just months before.

I attended a candlelight vigil for the victims in Boston Common.

I attended a candlelight vigil for the victims in Boston Common.

I’m truly honored to spend the next few months giving generously to the people whose lives were changed forever on April 15, 2013.  I hope to bring a glimmer of hope and love to the people of this city. I’m raising $10,000 for One Fund Boston, the nonprofit that raises money for the victims and families of the 2013 Boston Marathon. This project will be funded by the generosity of people just like you. You can join me in making a difference here.

Lauren Pedigo


Lauren Pedigo is a Midwest transplant working, living and exploring in Boston. She’s a long-time journal keeper, runner and adventurer. In 2014, she’s running the Boston Marathon and raising $10,000 for The One Fund. You can find her blogging here.


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      Hi Janine! Thank you for reading and considering a donation! I’m appreciative of any donation, no matter the size. :) I’m grateful my friend were safe too. It was one of the scariest days of my life.

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    Lauren – It must have been terrifying to be so close to this tragic event. It was heartbreaking to watch this unfold in the news – and as I runner, I took it personally. How many times have I innocently run races taking my safety for granted? I think it’s wonderful what you are doing. Thank you for using your energy and efforts for good.
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    Jennifer, thank you for hosting Lauren today. As a runner, one of my bucket list goals is to run the Boston Marathon. My husband and I can’t wait to line up in 2015. Like every runner across the country, I watched, read, and listened with horror as the events unfolded at last year’s race. There were runners from our local track club who crossed the finish line just minutes before the bombs went off. Thank you so much for continuing to raise awareness and help those impacted. Can’t wait to check out your project!
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      Hi Nicole! Thank you for reading and considering a donation! I’m appreciative of any donation, no matter the size. :)

      I think us runners, really did feel a special bond with the runners of the 2013 marathon. I’ve been running since seventh grade and it’s a dream come to be a part of the revival of my home away from home.
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    My sister in law ran last year in support of my father in law, who has cancer. She was one of the people stopped before the finish line. The time that the bombs went off was her projected finish time, but she’d stopped along the way numerous times to take pictures, and we thank God for that. I’m tearing up just thinking about it. I will remember that day as long as I live. Lauren, thank you for sharing your story and thank you for what you are doing.
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      Hi Michelle. Thank you for reading. Is our sister-in-law running again this year?

      I’ll remember that day and the following week for the rest of my life. It was one of the scariest times of my life. I’m glad your family member was safe; what a blessing.
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      Hi Tamara!

      Thank you for the words of encouragement! It’s wonderful to know that I have so many people rooting for me and cheering our our city, state and country.

      Thanks for reading. If you’d like to make a donation to the victims of last year’s tragedy, you can do so here: I’m appreciative of any donation, no matter the size. :)
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    I want to thank you for visiting my blog. Stop by whenever you have time for some of my other “short” stories. I know it gets pretty time-consuming out here trying to keep up with so many blogs; and with my stories being a little longer than a typical blog, one has to be ready to relax and curl up with a nice cup of tea to really enjoy. As for your guest post here, I think it is wonderful that you are helping to spotlight wonderful people like Lauren. I’ve never run a marathon and I’m not sure I have the wind to finish one if I start, but my daughter-in-law just asked me to run the Color Run with her in North Carolina this coming May. I have some preparing to do!

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    I almost went to Butler too!! I ended up at OU instead… Butler seemed just lovely!!!

    Good for YOU for doing such an important fundraiser and I can only imagine how near and dear this is to your heart. I am so relieved your close friends weren’t hurt, and I hope you make that 10.000 to help those poor victims in that awful tragedy.
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