O’Neill and Associates is proud to recognize its clients and teams that ran the 2017 Boston Marathon: the Arredondo Family Foundation, HomeStart, National Braille Press, Project Hope, and St. Francis House.
HomeStart had a team of two, including our client Jennifer Sciamanna of RCN, and raised more than $20,000. Project Hope’s team of ten runners raised over $100,000; St. Francis House’s five runners raised over $63,000; and the Arredondo Family Foundation’s seven runners raised over $37,000.
National Braille Press raised over $20,000 with a team of two, including our own account executive Marissa Sullivan (shown in photo).
OA: Are there special reasons for your interest in supporting National Braille Press through the Boston Marathon?
MS: I have been working with National Braille Press for almost two years and am amazed by everything they do to promote the importance of braille literacy. Organizations like National Braille Press enabled my great grandmother, who lived more than 40 years of her life blind, to be on her own and navigate through each day. It is an honor to fundraise and run for National Braille Press.
OA: What was it like crossing the finish line?
MS: It’s hard to put into words that feeling when you turn left onto Boylston Street and finally have the finish line in sight. I remember thousands of onlookers screaming my name as I got closer to the finish line. The best moment was probably that moment when I was just steps away from the finish line and I saw and heard my family screaming my name and vigorously waving their hands. I gave them a big wave and finished the last steps of those grueling 26.2 miles.
OA: You were able to raise over $10,000; how do you hope those funds help National Braille Press?
MS: I hope the funds I raised continue to help National Braille Press support a lifetime of opportunity for blind children and adults through braille, and provide access to information that empowers them to actively engage in work, family and community their surrounding community.