Massachusetts – July 2nd, 2015
Massachusetts was a special trip for the team. We started the day at the Boston Marathon starting line with Massachusetts Easter Seals President/CEO Kirk Joslin who gave his impression along with Dave Seymour from A&E’s successful television show Flipping Boston. We were honored to have several local police officers and Iwo Jima Marine Veteran Bob Lavoie also took part. The gathering then moved to Center School where we were able to meet with Rick and Dick Hoyt of Team Hoyt. Rick was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth. In 1977, he implored his father Dick, then 36 and most certainly not a runner, to help him run a marathon to benefit a newly paralyzed friend. After that first marathon, Rick confessed to his father that running made him feel as if he wasn’t paralyzed. When Dick heard this, he dedicated himself to becoming a marathon runner and has since taken his son to 72 marathons and more than 1,100 endurance events. Truly a touching story of a father’s dedication to his son.
Inspired by such amazing stories of strength and love, we made our way toward Copley Square in Boston where the marathon ends. We were joined at the finish line by crowds of international tourists and the press. Among the impressions we collected were Boston Police Chief Gross and Police Commissioner Evans, followed by a slew of BPD officers who were more than happy to show their support for the Flag for Hope.