BOSTON (6/21/13)--Members of the Credit Unions Kids at Heart Boston Marathon Team and their families presented a check for $128,000 April 13 to Boston Children's Hospital at the group's Pre-marathon Party in Boston. Now they are looking forward to the 2014 Boston Marathon.
The funds were raised by the credit union community to sponsor the team and are earmarked for pediatric cardiac research.
Members of the Credit Unions Kids at Heart Boston Marathon Team present a check to Carola Cadley, vice president, corporate development and special events at Boston Children's Hospital Trust, at the Credit Unions Kids at Heart Pre-marathon Party. (Photo provided Credit Unions Kids at Heart)
After the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, Credit Unions Kids at Heart announced that all members of its team and cheering section were safe and sound. The Credit Unions Kids at Heart families, runners and sponsors are already looking ahead to 2014 with hope that they can honor the victims and their families by rallying together to do even more for the hospital.
"As we find closure to the events that took place during the Boston Marathon, we look forward to all that we can do for Boston Children's Hospital in the future," said Jane Melchionda, president/CEO of EasCorp and founder of Credit Unions Kids at Heart. "We expect to surpass $4 million in contributions to the hospital before the end of 2013."
The Boston Marathon team is the cornerstone of the Credit Unions Kids at Heart program, which is a group of credit unions that collectively raise funds for the hospital and other organizations benefitting children. Each year, runners sponsored by credit unions are paired with a patient partner child receiving care at Boston Children's Hospital. Runners and patient partners often build lifelong relationships that extend beyond the marathon season.
The 2013 team included nine runners: Austin Braithwait, Sue Sonia and mother/daughter duo Kris and Kayla Biagiotti, represented by the Credit Unions Kids at Heart group; Nicole Bedard, sponsored by Jeanne D'Arc, Lowell, Mass.; Tim Burch, sponsored by NASA FCU, Bowie, Md.; Kerri Comolli and Igor Ivno, sponsored by Digital FCU, Marlborough, Mass.; Jay Johnson, sponsored by Callahan & Associates Inc.; and Ray Phillips, sponsored by Hanscom FCU, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.