Running for a Good Cause

Running for a Good Cause

By Kathleen Sullivan
Staff Writer

More than a hundred members of the Boston College community entered in this year's Boston Marathon will be racking up more than miles when the race gets underway on Monday, April 17. They'll be raising more than $10,000 for the Boston College Campus School, which provides educational and therapeutic services for children and youths with multiple disabilities.

Some of the 110 Boston College administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and students who will raise money for the Campus School when they run in Monday's Boston Marathon. Organizers of the campus fundraising effort expect the Campus School will receive more than $10,000 in donations.

The Boston Marathon fundraising effort is organized by the Campus School Volunteers of Boston College, an undergraduate student group. This is the third year that BC student, faculty, staff and alumni marathoners have solicited donations to benefit the school. The 110 entrants are more than double the number who took part in last year's drive, organizers say.

In addition to financing programs in music therapy, said Campus School Volunteer Coordinator William Lambert, last year's marathon funds enabled the school to obtain a suspension harness track system. The device allows wheelchair-bound students to move via a harness and system of cables and pulleys. "It is a magnificent piece of equipment. We want the money we raise to benefit as many students as possible," he said.

"I enjoy putting my energy into a good cause," said Associate Vice President for Development Robert Cunningham, who will be running on behalf of the Campus School for the first time this year. "I had seen the undergraduates working with the Campus School students at the RecPlex, and I thought it would be my small way of joining the effort for the Campus School."

Assoc. Prof. Dalmar Fisher (CSOM) has raised the most so far, organizers said - more than $3,000 as of last week.

Campus School students and their families will be waiting at the University's Commonwealth Avenue gate to cheer on the BC runners, who will be adorned in gold and maroon BC Campus School t-shirts.

Those interested in contributing to the Boston Marathon fundraiser for the Campus School may call the Campus School Volunteers at ext.2-1066.


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