The Richard Family has established the Richard W. Charitable Foundation to invest in education, athletics, and community to support his now famous message, “No more hurting people. Peace.”
“This foundation will be a legacy for Martin, allowing us to ‘pay it forward’ and make a difference in ways that would make him proud but also be source of healing and purpose for us,” the Richard family said in a statement published on their blog. (You can read the full statement here.)
The first initiative of the foundation was to recruit a team to run the Boston Marathon, Team MR8, named for Martin’s initials and his favorite number and age. I am humbled and honored to be one of the runners chosen to be on this inaugural team. The team is comprised of 72 individuals ranging from local Dorchester residents, to U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, to executive director Blake Bolden of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, to a former colleague of mine, Nikolas Franks, to parents of past students, Jose Calderon and Robert Cleary. It is truly a privilege to be on a team of dynamic people who all believe in keeping Martin’s legacy alive towards creating a more peaceful world.
My fundraising responsibility as part of this team is to raise $7500 for the organization. I know there are many worthy causes to support, but this one that is very close to my heart. Please consider donating to help me reach my goal! You can read more about my story on my fundraising page at: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/RachelMoo/team-mr8-boston-marathon-2014
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