For the second year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 16. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP!
Runner: Sheree Dunwell
Longest run to date: 26.2 miles
Favorite song to listen to while running: Got to Give it Up by Marvin Gaye
Favorite post-run snack: A great big burrito...followed by a breath mint
1. Why did you choose to run the 2012 Boston Marathon for MMP?
I am actually “repeat runner.” This is my second year running the Boston Marathon for Mass Mentoring Partnership. When I first decided to run for MMP last year, it was because I wanted my fundraising efforts to benefit kids in need, and I can’t think of a more deserving organization than Mass Mentoring. Last year I truly fell in love with the organization and its mission, and I am so excited to be running for them again!
2. What has been the most rewarding experience of your training and/or fundraising so far?
The most rewarding part about fundraising is seeing how many people are willing to donate even if you do not know them or you have been out of touch. You forget how generous people are, and someone will just step up and give. It is just so rewarding. Friends I haven’t spoken with in years have donated - it is just amazing. My favorite part of training is getting to drink chocolate milk after the run! More seriously, I really enjoy witnessing how much I have improved since last year. When I began training last year, I had never run more than a 5k. This year I feel like my training experience is so much stronger. It is really cool to see how much you can improve in one year.
3. Why do you think it is important for youth to have mentors?
It is so important that every kid has a person that believes in him or her. Many children do not have someone in their life to help them realize their potential and all the opportunities that are available. Bring from Lynn, MA, I experienced this first-hand. I believe every child needs someone to tell them they can achieve anything they want in life.
4. What is the best piece of advice a mentor can give?
The best piece of advice is to believe in yourself, your worth, and your future!
5. Complete this sentence: When I finish the marathon, I will feel...
If you would like to read more about Sheree or make a donation to her fundraising, please visit http://www.razoo.com/story/Sheree