Runner Sample Letter
Dear Friends and Family,
I’m proud to tell you I’ll be running the 113 Boston Marathon on April 20, 2009 as part of
Children’s Hospital Boston’s marathon team. A very special part of the program is the patient
partner match, where runners are paired with patients. It’s my honor to be running for
Savannah is seven years old and she has Vacterl Syndrome, a collection of birth defects that
left a huge gap in her esophagus and a faulty valve in her heart. Thinking about all she’s
been through—including three open-heart surgeries and countless visits to the hospital—
inspires me. I have the privilege of having a healthy heart, but she’s not that lucky. But one
place she’s found luck—and compassion, unparalleled expertise, and so much more—is
Children’s Hospital Boston. She’s been a patient there since birth.
Savannah’s just one patient—but there are thousands of kids who wouldn’t be here today
without Children’s. To support Children’s good work, I joined the hospital’s marathon team
and have committed to raising $3,000 to help save kids’ lives through its phenomenal
research and care. Please join me in my support of Savannah and Children’s Hospital by
sponsoring my run. To make an online donation, visit
http://www.childrenshospital.org/bostonmarathon09 and type in my name. Or, you can
address a check to Children’s Hospital Boston and return it to me in the self-addressed
return envelope I’ve provided.
It’s a tax-deductible gift. It’s a concrete way to help kids like Savannah. And it’s insurance
for the future—ensuring Children’s will always be ready and able to care for kids who
have nowhere else to turn.
Savannah and I thank you for your generosity,