By Branden Getchell, RBF Marketing/Business Development Specialist
In the end, the decision was easy.
I decided to run the 2016 Boston Marathon as a way to give opportunity and hope to youngsters in foster care who had been dealt a similar hand of cards as I was.
You see, I spent the majority of my youth in and out of the foster care system. As a result of my parents’ misgivings, my two younger siblings were adopted and I was separated from the remainder of my family and friends.
My siblings and I have seen and experienced things that no child should ever have to bear. Statistics will tell you that I should be in jail, unemployed or homeless; that I should have a few children scattered about; that middle school should be my highest level of education.
But because of the incredible support I’ve received from friends, my foster family, and organizations like Silver Lining Mentoring (the organization for which I ran this year’s Marathon), I was able to seize upon many life altering opportunities. As a result, I have no criminal record; I am gainfully employed at this wonderful accounting firm; I have an apartment with two friends that I love; I am a father to no one; and I am a proud Boston College alumnus.
By running the marathon, and with the support of those around me, I hope to continue to grow, and to serve as a mentor to others– offering hope and a better chance at success for kids in foster care in and around the Boston area.
The training leading up to the race was grueling. And the marathon itself was more physically demanding than I imagined it would be. But in the end it was well worth it. And I’m really glad I decided to do it.
[Editor’sNote: For readers who wish to assist Branden with meeting his pledge of raising a minimum of $7500 for Silver Lining Mentoring, please visit his pledge page here. And check out Branden in two TV spots promoting the 2016 Marathon, here and here.]