Herren Project’s 2016 Boston Marathon Team
Bill, a Yale Law School graduate, is currently a partner at Goodwin Procter, where he co-chairs the firm’s Technology and Life Sciences practice.
Herren Project is thrilled to welcome Bill back this year, as he was a member of the 2015 Boston Marathon Team as well. Bill was one of the top 20 fundraisers for all John Hancock charity teams, winning him a VIP day at Fenway Park with the likes of Bill Rogers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, and others.
Like most families, Bill’s has been affected by substance abuse. His desire to run Boston, on behalf of Herren Project, comes from his awareness of the work Herren Project has accomplished over the years.“Herren Project is having a dramatic impact on the lives of the people and families it touches, and I wanted to help support that effort.”
Jaime lives outside of Charlotte NC, at beautiful Lake Norman.
She says, “Running the Boston Marathon has always been one of those ‘bucket list’ items for me, but I never thought I would actually have the opportunity to do it. Not being the fastest runner, running Boston with a charity was the only way I would be able to experience this iconic race. After being a part of Team Herren Project New York City Marathon team in November 2015, I knew if I was I going to run Boston, I wanted to do it with and for Herren Project. Being a recovering alcoholic myself, the work Herren Project does for those seeking help and guidance into a life of recovery is incredible and beautiful to be a part of.”
Jaime says running is her therapy, her ‘me’ time.
“I run alone mostly because I find this is my time to think about life, think about issues that may be on my mind, think about how blessed I am I got a second chance at life, think about how thankful I am to have a healthy body to run races like Boston, and think about how with each step I run and each dollar I raise I’m helping others get the second chance they want and deserve.”
Jaime took up running at the age of 32 when she began her recovery. She has participated in other amazing races in her 6 years of running, but says Boston will be “the icing on the proverbial running cake, and to be able to do THIS race for THIS cause, well that is simply a win-win in my book!”
Kerry lives in North Dighton, MA with her husband and two children, Chas (12) and Kate (10). She serves as a Magistrate in the drug court system, so she sees first had the cost of addiction, as well as the miracles of recovery.
When asked what motivates and inspires her, Kerry says, “Lately, it’s my Herren Project family…what a positive group of people!”
Also inspired by her children, she said, “It’s my hope that they realize any goal or dream is within their reach. And to realize how important it is to not take for granted how fortunate they are. I run so that my children will feel comfortable with who they are, and not feel the need to hide behind a drink or a drug. I run for the young man in drug court whose father got high with him at age 12 and never had a chance. I run in the hope that we end the need for addiction fundraising.”
Kerry wants to run for Herren Project because she is proud of the impact and positive change that is resulting due to Chris Herren’s honesty, energy and strength.
“I’m fortunate to have had parents supported me, the good, the bad and the ugly. And I’m reminded of that every day in court, where too many young people don’t have the support, opportunities and luck that I have had. So, if I the funding I raise goes to educate another 12 and 10 year old, provides treatment to a young person who never had a chance, or gives a mother and father hope for their child when they have lost all of their faith, why wouldn’t I run for Herren Project?”
Laurie is a runner in recovery, enjoying her sobriety in Havertown, PA, where she lives with her husband and two children, Izzy, 13 and Jack, 12.
The 2016 Boston Marathon is her 2nd marathon, and Laurie’s goal is to have fun, finish strong, and under 5 hours.
When asked why she runs, Laurie said, “I started running consistently about 2 years ago when I was traveling for work globally and needed to unwind after the day. When I was drinking, I always bragged I would do a marathon and of course I never did. I run today, and ran my first marathon this past October, the MCM, as a gift to myself to celebrate my 7 years of sobriety.
Laurie says her inspiration for running is the God of her understanding. “He gave me the ability to run! I squandered that gift from 2004 through 2008, when my alcoholism consumed me – but now, at 7+ years Sober, I’ve returned to running marathons to please God.”
When she is not taking care of her family or running, Laurie works as the Senior Consultant for Organization Effectiveness in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She also has a small private practice in the Philadelphia Suburbs where she works with individuals and groups on productivity, recovery strategy management, and leadership development.
“All that I do in my professional life would not be possible without recovery and therefore each drop of alcohol that ruined my past life has now turned into seeds of hope for another as I openly share my story. I never want another person to feel that sense of worthlessness, shame, guilt…..Each day is a gift that I treasure and want to share.”
Robin and her family live in Hull, MA, where she serves as a public health nurse. Her inspiration and drive for running comes from her youth, times she remembers running with her dad. Her love of the sport continued into adult hood, and she has run the Boston Marathon twice previously.
Robin says, “Now my inspiration is to run for my son. who is in recovery for a substance use disorder.”
“My goal is to run comfortably. I’m not sure if I still have a 4-hour marathon in me, but my passion to raise awareness regarding addiction is even greater. I chose Herren Project because I believe in the mission. I trust and believe in the work. As a public health nurse and facilitator of our town’s drug addiction task force, I feel running is a great way to spread the word, continue the conversation, and to educate people in order to break the stigma.”
Billy lives with his wife and children in Dighton, MA, and works as a carpenter for MIT. Boston is Billy’s second marathon with Herren Project, as he ran his first marathon just this past September in the Hamptons, NY, to benefit Herren Project.
Billy says, “My inspiration for running is to be healthy as I can. If I have a goal in mind, like the 120th Boston Marathon for Herren Project, it pushes me to do go out and do all the runs I may not have if I did not have a specific goal.”
“I chose Herren Project as my charity because addiction has touched the lives of many of my close friends. I have seen people that I have grown up with struggle with addiction for a long time. I have lost a few really close friends, and I do not want to lose anymore, or anyone, for that matter, to this disease. If my running helps even one person, whether I know them or not, to get the help they need, then that makes it all worth it.”
John is from Westport, MA, where he is a math interventionist for Westport Community Schools.
For John, running is one of the most basic and natural expressions of his feeling alive. He says, “My source of inspiration and drive has evolved with my running. In learning to run long distances, I found that there was no single source of inspiration or focus, that for me it wasn’t about willing it to be. The will to not to give up is helpful in singular moments but I’ve learned, through my running, to access this spacious, limitless space within which is the source of all inspiration, form, thought and emotion. It’s oneness, and from this place we know through a felt sense that nothing we could acquire, achieve, ingest or purchase, no person, position, degree or amount of money can make us any more complete than we are the moment we arrive in this world. And we are free to express ourselves and be who we are intended to be without hesitation or apology. This felt sense of liberation, deep connectedness and shared experience is what drives me now.”
Marathon day will be a day of celebration for John. “It’s the time to celebrate all that it took to get there and the fact that you’re prepared and ready to go. It is my intention to just take in the experience with my fellow Herren Project runners.”
John’s reasons for choosing to run for Herren Project come from his desire to help others.
“At this point in time, I don’t think there is a person in our society that has not been affected in some way, shape or form by addiction. When my father was alive, he liked to say that we hand each other along in this life. Quite literally, with the leverage Herren Project has generated, they’ve helped many, many people in severe crisis. So, to be able to share my passion for running in such a way that it might somehow contribute to that effort is an absolute privilege, a no-brainer!”
Andy joins us from New Bedford, MA, where he lives with his family and works as a superintendent/project manager for Harding Builders.
Being in recovery himself, Andy is passionate about the fact that being physically healthy correlates with good mental health, and being healthy in both areas allows him to be a better husband, father, son, nephew, friend…etc.
“Being in recovery inspires me to continue to run as often as I can to help maintain my sobriety, a day at a time. When I have a bad day I run. When I have a good day I run. I run for the well being of me first and then for the well being of the people around me, because if I’m not well, the others around me suffer, too. I know people who are still suffering, including their friends and family. I want to give back in any way possible, and running for Herren Project gives me a way to do that.”
Danielle lives in Jefferson, MA with her husband Kevin, and two children Maya (6) and Emma (3). She teaches 8th grade history at Sky View Middle School in Leominster and is the boys’ and girls’ head cross-country coach at Leominster High School.
“I run to be healthy and to set a good example for my girls. I want them to grow up knowing that if they set a goal they can accomplish it.”
This will be Danielle’s 4th Boston Marathon, and she joins Herren Project team with her own earned bib. After watching close friends and family fight the ugly battle with addiction, she was inspired by them, and by Herren Project’s mission.
“I was able to hear Chris speak to my students a few years back and knew that if I had the opportunity to help Herren Project, I would. If my running can help to fund an educational program at one school, and help even one student, than it’s worth it. I am honored to be a part of Team Herren Project.”