As my ALLY Foundation Boston Marathon fundraising raffle winds down, I wanted to share the below message from Ally’s mother with all of you. This thanks goes out to you as well, for your support over the past few months and in the next few weeks. With my fundraising deadline and the marathon nearing and my nerves mounting, I needed a little bit of extra inspiration today, and it most certainly came in the form of the below note. I continue to be amazed at the way that Ally’s family has turned unbearable grief and loss into light and hope for the rest of us. If you would like to support the foundation, please consider entering my raffle: http://firstgiving.com/meghanmalloyteamally
I speak for the ALLY Foundation and for Alexandra: We are so honored to have you with us. As we watch the individual efforts each runner goes through with this Marathon, we know that this process is symbolic of different issues for each person. Struggle, anticipation, pushing yourself beyond your imagined limits, growing, knowing more of your soul, and finding in the end, you are such an amazing creature with so much to share. If we let evil stop us, we turn the world over to those who have no right to it. Alexandra was terrified of heights and when at Outward Bound, she learned how to repel down a miserably high cliff. I asked her why and she said, Because I was afraid to, so I had to do it.” A lesson I have never forgotten. Please know that your finish line is almost crossed and you have earned the respect of many old and new friends. We couldn’t do our work without your support, laughter, enthusiasm and your firm belief that the awareness you bring to the prevention of violence and sexual assault will go along way to make it a reality. Thank you for choosing The ALLY Foundation to spread the word. We look forward to seeing you all at the T & R Pre-Marathon Dinner.
Go Team ALLY,