Amy Cutler, Team Leader:
Boston (and the surrounding area) have been my home for the past 30 years and, for me, Patriot’s Day was always a “Best of Boston” kind of day. The Boston Marathon, The Red Sox playing at Fenway and that feeling of playing hooky as everyone takes the day off from work and school to enjoy a holiday only we celebrate. For the past 10 years (with the exception of 2020), I have run the Boston Marathon. Every year my family would wait for me near the finish line and my children would hop the barrier and run the final stretch with me down Boylston Street. My family was waiting for me at the finish line when the bombs went off in 2013. It was a terrifying experience for all of us. While none of us were physically harmed, my husband and kids (11, 11 and 5 at the time) were witness to the bombing, the violence and the horrible, chaotic aftermath. Over the following days and months, we each processed the terror of the day in different ways suffering from anxiety, fear of crowds and loud noises, and contemplating the horrible “what ifs”. We relied on the support of one another to heal as a family.
The following year (2014), in gratitude for my family, I used my marathon entry to run for Plummer. As a mother of 3, it is unfathomable to me that children can grow up without ever knowing the love and support of a family they know will be with them forever. Everyone needs and deserves a family, especially children. Thanks to the support of friends and family, in 2014, I was able to raise $15K for Plummer and the Plummer marathon team was born. Over the past 7 years, we have raised almost $200K to support Plummer’s goal of Family for Everyone. I am especially excited to get back on the course this year with my daughter, Maeve, who will be joining me in running her first marathon and raising money for Plummer as well.
My name is Melissa Mahoney and I am honored to be a member of the Plummer Youth Promise 2021 Boston Marathon team. This will be my third marathon, but my first time running Boston! As an avid runner and a former foster kid, running for this cause combines two things that are very important to me. I started running in highschool and it didn’t take me long to realize how therapeutic running can be. As a foster kid I lived with 7 different families. I know first hand how important family is and I love that The Plummer Youth Promise mission is family for everyone. My husband and I and our three children John jr 21, Ava 18 and Maya 16,live in Marblehead Our family owns Atomic Cafe, Atomic Coffee Roasters and Front Street Coffeehouse. As a family we are happy to be fundraising for such a great cause. While I’ll be running the miles, I know I won’t be doing it alone. My family will be right there cheering me on. #FamilyforEveryone
I’ve spent most of my life running and am excited to finally be running my first marathon! The Boston Marathon holds a special place in my heart because my mom has been running it since I was in third grade. Each year my family and I would cheer her on at the half way point and as she crossed the finish line. As this became a family tradition, I always dreamed of running the Boston Marathon with her. Now, after being halted by COVID-19, I am finally able to!
Since my family is a big part of the Boston Marathon for me, I decided I want to run for an organization that holds these same family ideals. Plummer Youth Promise is important to me because they help local kids my age who have been in the foster care system for years. Plummer supports them, helps them find homes and, most importantly, families who will be with them forever. I am excited to be running for them and donating to such a wonderful organization.
I ran competitively in college and moved to this area 20 years ago for a teaching job. I had a good stretch in my single/young professional years where I was running 120 miles a week and doing 2-3 marathons a year including Boston a few times. Of course life shifts and I’ve peared that pace down to goals of maintaining weight and fitness the last 5+ years and seemed to be able to keep that all in balance.
A couple months ago my family was eating at Flatbread in Salem and we saw the Plummer ad to run with the team for this year’s marathon. We didn’t know much about Plummer but learned quickly that we had a connection and passion for their mission as we adopted 2 of our 4 children several years ago. I’m psyched to have this goal, this team, and for this whole experience!
I was born and raised in Salem and my family has been involved and familiar with the Plummer Youth Promise as long as I can remember. I personally have participated and volunteered at Paddle for Plummer as well as their Cycle for Plummer and I am beyond excited to be participating in Team Plummer for the 2021 Boston Marathon.
I have been an athlete my whole life, playing volleyball through college until suffering a career ending injury. As I completed my doctorate in physical therapy, my passion for running grew. I’ve completed a variety of different distances, though this will be my first marathon.
I work as a pediatric physical therapist and recognize the importance of family, working with families from different backgrounds with children of varying abilities. I see first hand how family is the foundation for success for everyone and I am grateful to have the opportunity to run for Plummer Youth Promise to support their mission of “family for everyone”.