Running To Make A Difference


The Boston Marathon is 36 days away! As you know from our last post, The B Fund will have two runners on Boston Children’s Hospital Miracle for Miles team. Needless to say we are thrilled to be a part of this special day and wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our runners. 


Josh VanDernoot, 45 years old, Weston, MA tells us why he is running the marathon for The B Fund and their efforts to support families caring for critically ill children at Boston Children’s Hospital.

On June 6th, 10 years ago, I experienced one of, if not, the biggest challenges of my life. My first-born son, Blake, passed away. As a result of what you can imagine was a very trying time for me and my wife, she started The B Fund.  She and a group of our closest friends have managed to take our difficult experience and inspire individuals, including kids, to be charitable by using their time, talents and treasures to benefit families with children with grave illnesses at Boston Children’s Hospital. 

Now, 10 years, later, I have decided to set a difficult and very meaningful personal challenge for myself. At 45 years of age, I, Josh VanDernoot, will be running the Boston Marathon. Everyone has their reasons for participating in such a challenge. For me, it is significant. I was able to overcome what happened with my son and create a positive message out of my experience. But continuing to raise money and awareness for other families that will go through, or are going through, what my wife and I went through continues to be a priority for me. And what better opportunity than this?

Yes, I might be an old man. But those of you that know me, know my spirit remains quite juvenile. And although my body may not be in total agreement with this feat, on April 18, 2016, I am running the marathon. And when I make it to Mile 23 and my calves start to cramp or my mind is telling me I have nothing left, my personal struggle and the thought of your generous donations helping other families will get me through. And after all, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Charitable: Of or relating to the assistance of those in need. This is an awesome cause. I may be doing the running, but we can all be charitable and every penny counts! That’s why. Many thanks. –Josh V.


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