Sometime in the early morning of October 11, 2015 I am going to participate in the Chicago Marathon with Robyn Lynn suckered me into doing this race with her.
When I asked the wise Nadine about it and she said, "Yeah, you should do it." Then she added I should run for a charity. I figured it was time that I start thinking of others.
I found the Big Shoulders Fund on the Chicago Marathon website. "The mission of the Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to the Catholic schools who serve the poor and disadvantaged in the neediest parts of inner-city Chicago."
I asked my University of Tulsa and Christian Brothers friends Morgan, Susan, and Rene who live in Chicago if they had had any experience with the organization. They said it was a great organization and that they had worked in Big Shoulder Funds schools. I was sold.
So, I am hoping to raise funds through my training and running of the Chicago Marathon, Cayman Islands Half Marathon, and the Mercuryman Triathlon to help support people doing great work in Chicago.
If you would like to support this in any way, donations can be made here at https://bigshouldersfund.ejoinme.org/42917 . For every person that makes a donation, I will send you a postcard from the Cayman Islands. Unless of course, you live there, and I will buy you a beer.
So please help me raise money for the Big Shoulders Fund.
The mission of the Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to the Catholic schools in the neediest parts of inner-city Chicago. Big Shoulders Fund is unique in that our administrative expenses are supported by an endowment and other income which ensures that 100 percent of funds currently raised go toward programs that benefit Big Shoulders Fund schools and the students they serve.
In 2015 the Big Shoulders Fund is lacing up its running shoes again and growing the Big Shoulders Fund Racing Team with a group running the 2015 Chicago Half Marathon on Sunday, September 27, 2015, the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 11, 2015, and other marathons and half marathons of their choice.
These teams will be raising funds to support the Big Shoulders Fund 82 schools who are educating more than 21,000 students – 80 percent are minorities, 61 percent live are low-income and 30 percent are not Catholic. The teams' funds, along with the $20 million Big Shoulders invests annually in the schools, will be used for scholarships, special education programs, instructional equipment, much-needed school facility improvements, faculty support, and operating grants. This will help continue the schools’ success and allow 95 percent of our students to graduate high school and 88 percent of graduating scholars enroll in college, in a city where just 14 of 100 students who enter public high school will graduate college by 25.