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Credit Unions Kids at Heart celebrates Boston Marathon
BURLINGTON, Mass. (4/27/12)--The Credit Unions Kids at Heart marathon team participated in the 116th running of the Boston Marathon on April 16, raising $100,000 for Children's Hospital Boston. Patient partners, families and friends gathered at Boston's fire station Engine 33, Ladder 15 to cheer on the team as eight credit union runners took to the course in the heat.

One of the world's most challenging courses also featured record-high temperatures, making this year's Boston Marathon especially difficult.

Click to view larger image Credit Unions Kids at Heart raised more than $100,000 for Children's Hospital Boston by participating in the Boston Marathon earlier this month. Members of the 2012 Credit Unions Kids at Heart team gather for a celebratory breakfast at the Westin Copley Place on April 14.
Seven credit union runners made it across the finish line with their patient partners and the children's siblings. The tradition of crossing the finish line together symbolizes the unity of the team, and how they successfully achieved this accomplishment together. Each runner and patient partner team was met with an eruption of cheers from the crowd.

Marathon weekend began with a Credit Unions Kids at Heart breakfast at the Westin Copley Place. Credit union runners, patient partners, family and friends gathered together as Jane Melchionda, EasCorp president/CEO and founder of Kids at Heart, thanked each one for their contributions to the program.

Patient partner Everett Chase with runner Nicole Polex.  Both were are sponsored by Jeanne D'Arc CU. (Photos provided by Credit Unions Kids at Heart)
After the breakfast, guests continued the celebration at a Children's Hospital Boston reception. Nicole Polex of Jeanne D'Arc CU was honored for running the marathon for five years to raise money for the hospital, and for her dedication to the program. Seamus Slattery and Jane Melchionda were both honored with the prestigious Katie Lynch Award. This award is given to those who possess the determination and generous spirit of the award's namesake.

Established in 1996, the Kids at Heart program is a group of credit unions that collectively raise funds to provide programs and services to the children and families receiving treatment at Children's Hospital Boston, as well as for other organizations that work for the benefit of children.

Kids at Heart has donated $3.5 billion to Children's Hospital Boston. The cornerstone of the Credit Unions Kids at Heart program is the Boston Marathon team. Each year, runners sponsored by credit unions are paired with a patient partner who is receiving care at Children's Hospital Boston. These children, who overcome their own challenges every day, inspire the runners to push through their own obstacles as they train for the Boston Marathon.


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