ARC Giving Back: Part II
10.18.13 / Kate Shoss
As the second part of our series highlighting ways in which ARCer’s give back we are featuring two employees who recently participated in events in support of causes that are important to them.
The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
On Sunday, September 8th Danielle Fontaine participated in the Jimmy Fund Walk in support of the Dana- Faber Cancer Institute. The Jimmy Fund Walk follows the same route as the Boston Marathon and offers participants four distance options to accommodate all ages and skill levels. 2013 was a record-breaking year with nearly 8,500 walkers, 1,000 volunteers, more than 400 Dana-Farber employees and 35 sponsors, all of whom helped raise close to $7 Million!
This was Danielle’s first time participating in a walk/run for charity. “I did the logical thing and choose to conquer the full 26.2 mile route,” Danielle proudly stated. “With two months to raise the necessary donations, I figured that would be plenty of time to get myself in shape for a marathon.” Danielle spent the summer training for the walk and her hard work paid off. “When I crossed the starting line at 6am the morning of the walk, I had no idea how many amazing people I would meet that day. I walked along side people who were currently fighting cancer, survivors, and many loved ones who, like myself, had been effected by this disease.”
Danielle finished all 26.2 miles in just under 7 hours. When asked if Danielle would do it again next year, she replied, “definitely. I am looking forward to raising even more next year and beating my time!”
The Rodman Ride for Kids
At the end of the month Joanna Frechette completed her first century ride during the Rodman Ride for Kids as part of the Housing Families Team on September 28th. With over 40 affiliated charities, the Rodman Ride offers agencies which focus on youth development to participate in “The Ride” which offers fundraising opportunities to these organizations. Joanna was asked by Housing Families, a Malden based organization that helps to fight the end of family homelessness, to participate in the event. This was The Ride’s 23nd year with over 1,100 people participating in the 25, 50 or 100-mile ride through Massachusetts ending back at the Rodman Headquarters in Foxboro. Joanna was one of 17 riders on the Housing Families team and the one team member who completed the 100-mile challenge!
“Although I have completed several group rides this was my first 100-mile bicycle ride and biggest fundraising event I’ve ever completed. Riding for me is such a passion and I was thrilled to be able to use my love for cycling to help others,” added Joanna. “I feel very proud that I was able to be a part of this team and to help give back to my local community and look forward to being a part of this team again next year!”
Please visit the following websites to learn how you can get involved and give back: