Christophe, my retiring and introverted husband, will be running the Boston marathon this year. The training for it suits him since it requires a lot of solitary training runs. The race itself… the jostling throngs, the jocular camaraderie, these will suit this borderline misanthrope somewhat less well. Why would he sign up for such a thing? For a very good cause indeed. In order to run in the race, he must raise at least $5,000 for Casa Myrna, a Boston based organization that provides services to domestic violence victims and survivors. They provide everything from a 24-7 hotline to shelter to legal help to workforce training.
Running a marathon is no small feat, but Christophe is far more daunted by the fundraising goal than by the physical demands, which are many. There are the countless 7 mile treadmill runs in our basement beside our clanking boiler. The long runs on weekends in 7 degree temperatures, the blisters, the exhaustion, and the chafing. So much chafing. There have many opportunities to run races for charity and he has passed them all up. But this chance to raise the money for Casa Myrna has captured his heart. It’s a cause he genuinely believes in, and there’s no room for half measures. As I type this, I can hear him pounding away on the treadmill after giving the kids a bath and cleaning up after supper.
This inspiring story has also caught the attention of renowned interviewer and five year old Malcolm Courchesne, who sat his father down for some tough questions about the marathon. After watching this hard-hitting and poignant interview, you will undoubtedly be asking yourself, “What can I do to help?” The answer is simple. You can give money. Donate via Christophe’s secure fundraising page. Donate any amount you can. For those of you whom I know personally, t’s the only way to avoid a deluge of repeated requests for money over the next couple months. And for those of you whom I don’t know, please help so I don’t have to turn this blog into a groveling act of mortifying desperation with overly detailed reports on his training and the condition of his feet. Please. Please help.