Last year I ran my second Boston Marathon For the Credit Unions Kids At Heart Team. I started my journey last year unsure about so many things. Would I finish the race? Would I raise the money? Does this make a difference? What I quickly learned was a HUGE Yes to all three. My anxiety quickly turned to passion once I began my training and fundraising. I had the honor of meeting Carter and Lucy Buckley - One of the research projects we support on the Credit Unions Kids @ Heart Team is made in the memory of their son CJ Buckley. CJ died of a brain tumor at the age of 17. I felt an instant connection to his parents, I got to meet them the day I went with my Credit Unions Kids @ Heart Team to deliver the hard earned $400,000.00 we had all raised to Boston Children's Hospital. I learned through his parents what a special person he was, that he loved sailing, he loved his family and he loved his friends. I could also see the sadness in their eyes, losing their son is something I know hurts them every single day. It saddens me that they and other families have to go through the pain of losing a child. This year I'm proud to be running once again in honor and memory of CJ Buckley - I will be thinking of him every step of the way - Let's do it for CJ! "Sail The CJ"
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