My marathon began two years ago, with the goal of running the 2014 Boston Marathon for the Samaritans organization in support of their suicide prevention services and awareness program.
As a fundraiser, my sister and I decided to create an autograph quilt featuring signatures of famous Boston marathon runners, sports stars, and noteworthy celebrities. We created mailing kits, containing fabric squares and return envelopes, to send to possible contributors and attended charity events to collect autographs. After 2013, we knew that the signatures must include those touched by the marathon bombings and extended the list of candidates. In all, we collected 182 signatures.
The signed autograph squares were used to frame large applique blocks depicting Boston landmarks in my sister’s original quilt design. People who see the quilt often ask, “Do you have Brady, Belichick, Bird, Orr, Papi or Chara?” We are so fortunate to be able to say YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, and YES!
For us, however, the real message of the quilt is in the title, Boston Strong. In a small but significant way, the generosity and support of the signers who returned those kits represents the strength of our community. Boston is strong because people come together to help one another.
We are offering this Boston Strong quilt in an Opportunity Drawing to benefit the Samaritans. For each $5 donation, participants receive one ticket in the drawing; for a $20 donation, five tickets! We are grateful for every donation.
For more information, and a complete list of signatures, visit our donation page. http://www.crowdrise.com/Samaritans2014BostonMarathon/fundraiser/TriciaPierson