For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP!
Runner: Mike Ferrari
Longest run to date: Half-marathon
Other daring thing I do: Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics
Favorite song to listen to while running: Ne-Yo – Let’s Go
Favorite post-run snack: For a snack, I would say a yogurt and protein shake. But after a long run I’m leaning towards a nice steak tip dinner with vegetables and a salad.
- What inspired you to run the 2013 Boston Marathon for MMP? I like to donate to give back for students’ educations. I feel like Mass Mentoring supports kids in getting caring adults to guide them and help them cope with anything that comes their way. Also, without having a mentor in my life, I couldn't have been the person I am today, and I want to raise this money so some child can have the same chances that I had growing up.
- What has been the most rewarding experience of your training and/or fundraising so far? The most rewarding experience is truly how much people really give back to great causes just like Mass Mentoring. Starting out, I was a bit worried if I could raise the money in enough time. But my family and friends have been amazing with the donations and giving me the spirit I need to train for the rigorous 26.1 miles ahead.
- Was there someone in your life you considered a mentor? I looked up to my grandmother in every way. She came to America from Italy with nothing and raised two little girls. She worked multiple jobs just so her kids could have food on their plate. Everything I do in my life will be because of her ability to keep family close, work hard, and show that family comes first. She also encouraged us to do what makes us happy. I strive every day to work hard for her in everything I do and to do it with a smile on my face.
- What do you think is the most important thing a mentor can do for a child? The most important thing is to be there for the child and to give him guidance. These kids grow up with so many obstacles, and I think it is just so beneficial to them - and also the mentor - to show them a good path that they could achieve with hard work.
- What is the best piece of advice a mentor can give? Don’t pretend to be someone else. Don’t do things that you know aren't the right thing. Just because your friends are doing it, doesn't mean it’s the right thing to do.
- Complete this sentence: When I finish the Marathon, I will feel…Gratified to achieve such an amazing goal of mine.
If you would like to read more about Mike or make a donation to his fundraising, please visit http://www.razoo.com/story/Mike-Ferrari