Something I Haven’t Told You


I’m going to tell you something I haven’t told you.

When we first applied to be charity runners for buildOn as part of the Boston Marathon Charity Program, I’m not sure that either of us knew what we were getting into. I mean, it’s the Boston Marathon. What’s more enticing than that?

After we were accepted to the charity team and agreed to raise $6,500 EACH (that’s $13,000 for the mathematicians out there who are like me), we signed paperwork, we put our credit cards down for the $350 race bib…

….We also put the same credit cards down for the balance of whatever we didn’t raise.

Reality didn’t truly set in until probably a month ago when we were staring down the barrel of a $5,000 gap we needed to fill.

$5,000 in a month is a lot of money.


As we plugged away at our long training runs together on Saturday mornings, our chatter would start with fundraising…and promptly stop about a mile in.

It was too defeating and too emotional to talk about.

We had cry fests. We lifted each other up. We moved on.

During the week, as we tended to our kid(s), cooked dinners, worked full time, attended the classes and other commitments in our lives and trained, we fundraised. We pleaded. We brainstormed. We texted each other at odd hours with hair-brained schemes to raise every penny of the money.

I’m collecting and recycling cans and my car’s trunk is paying for it to the tune of a sweet scent that makes me roll down my windows frequently. I’ve helped put together more garage sales in the past three months than I have in my lifetime.

And I never want to see another chocolate-caramel pretzel again (sorry, Mom) ;).

Through prayer, through petition, through donations of our own time and money, through the sacrifices and support of our loved ones, and through so many people coming out of the wood work generously help us, we’ve officially hit the neighborhood of $12,000 raised for buildOn.

But we’re not to the finish line yet.

We have one final day for our Raffle for Good (ticket sales end Saturday).

We’ll be accepting donations through April 21 (Boston Marathon Day!). Donate to Cindi. Donate to Jennifer.

We will continue to accept encouraging words and prayers every day, every hour, every minute and every second that you can.

This has been an exciting, exhausting journey filled with ups and downs, anchored in our unwavering belief that we WILL raise the money to help those 24 Boston Public High School students make it to Malawi, Africa to pour into lives there and plant seeds of change for future generations to come by building a much-needed (and wanted!) school in the tiny town.

I’m overwhelmed and overcome by emotion every time I think about each person who’s given their money, their time and their energy to support our cause and, in turn, support us.

I’m so grateful for each of you who has partnered with us on this journey. There’s no doubt about it: we couldn’t have done this or do this without you.

So, this is my final, FINAL plea.

Would you donate $10 to buildOn? $20? More?

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all that you’ve done and continue to do.

And, forgive me for not telling you that secret earlier…we always want to accept your support because you feel LED to give, not because you feel GUILT-ed to give.

God bless you and we love you!


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