Meet the 2017 THP 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.
The Herren Project is thrilled to welcome Bill back again this year, as he was a member of the 2015 and 2016 THP RUNS Boston Marathon Teams! Bill was one of the top 20 fundraisers for all John Hancock charity teams, winning him a VIP day at Fenway Park, both years!
Like most families, Bill’s has been affected by substance abuse. His desire to run Boston, on behalf of The Herren Project, comes from his awareness of the work THP has accomplished over the years. “THP is having a dramatic impact on the lives of the people and families it touches, and I wanted to help support that effort. Unfortunately, as anyone who reads the newspaper knows, the opioid crisis is worsening, so THP is needed now more than ever.”
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Megan was born and raised in the greater Boston area, and currently works in the Development Office at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA. She started running several years ago as a way to stay in shape and found she enjoyed it much more than she thought she would. She began racing as an added challenge and has finished several half marathons, fun runs, and one previous marathon.
Last year, she decided she wanted to start running for an organization and giving back in some way. With addiction being an all too familiar part of her family, she researched organizations that work with addicts and their support units and found The Herren Project’s THP RUNS. She ran her first race with THP last summer, joining the Falmouth Road Race team. Megan says the camaraderie, dedication to the mission, and support from the community was what encouraged her to run the Boston Marathon with THP this year.
“The training process has been intense, but the encouragement of my loved ones and friends both financially and emotionally while on this journey has kept me going, and will continue to inspire me long after the race has finished.”
Ryan, a Massachusetts native, lives in the South End of Boston. He went to Colby College and now works in Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley.
Ryan first found The Herren Project through ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, Unguarded. The film had a profound impact on him, as he believes the message that Chris delivers regarding addiction is critically important.
Ryan takes great pride in running with and supporting THP. In fact, his first road race was with THP at the Falmouth Road Race and soon followed that up with the Hamptons Half Marathon. He’s excited to join THP at the New Bedford Half Marathon and, of course, in Boston for his first marathon!
“By sharing his story, Chris inspired me to help raise awareness and support those who are struggling with addiction. I’m extremely grateful to have found the THP family and look forward to meeting all my teammates.”
Lindsay lives in Watertown, MA with her fiancé Tim, their dog Gronk and cat David (Ortiz). She grew up in Leominster, MA and attended Boston College. She works as a real estate development consultant in Boston, advising non-profits and charter public schools. Lindsay recently started volunteering with Girls on the Run in Belmont as a coach and loves sharing her passion for running and living a healthy lifestyle with young girls.
“Running is my therapy. I run to keep my mind and body in sync in order to live a happy and healthy life. I try to find ways every day to share that with others in my life.”
This will be Lindsay’s first Boston Marathon and third marathon overall. Lindsay has run the Marine Corps Marathon in DC twice, but has not broken her goal of running the 26.2 race in under 4 hours, which she hopes to do on April 17!
Lindsay ran the Falmouth Road Race this past August with The Herren Project and was inspired to continue raising money and connecting with others affected by addiction. She joins the Boston Marathon team with pride and is humbled to be a part of such a great organization. After watching many in her hometown and several close to her struggle with addiction she wants to stay involved in efforts to spread awareness and the hope and possibility of recovery.
“Addiction is a very misunderstood disease in our society. The Herren Project attacks that stigma from a great place – the THP Project Purple Initiative and Chris Herren’s messaging to youth is a powerful tool in preventing addiction from starting. THP seeks to arm today’s youth with tools to develop emotional self-awareness and encourage different ways to connect with others. I am thrilled to be part of that mission by running with the Boston team!”
Eric lives in Manchester, CT and is an IT Project Manager at The Hartford Financial Services. Boston 2017 will be Eric’s first marathon.
In 2015, Eric’s cousin, Jeffrey, lost his lifelong battle with addiction. Jeff’s obituary read, “It was so important for him to be there to support and encourage fellow addicts. If Jeffrey could pass along any message right now it would be to learn that help is available and not to wait. Time is a precious thing and can be taken away too soon.”
Wanting to turn Jeff’s passing into a positive, Eric discovered THP and watched ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary “Unguarded,” where he found so many similarities between Jeff and Chris Herren’s story. Eric felt strongly about the work THP performed, and applied to THP RUNS for the 2017 Boston Marathon.
“I grew up attending the Boston Marathon, and always wanted to run it. Having the opportunity to do so for THP is a great way to honor Jeff and also help others struggling with addiction.”
David Harrington grew up in Somerville, MA, just north of Boston. Today he lives in Woburn, MA with his wife Sue and their three boys: Jonathan (9), David (7) and Ryan (2). He’s a 2003 graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst and for the past 9 years he’s been a member of the Local 40 Carpenters Union in Cambridge, MA. Like many, David has experienced the affects the disease of addiction can have on a family and a person. His younger brother, Ryan, struggled with substance abuse for 11 years. In 2011, he lost his battle at the young age of 26.
“To be able to run this year’s Boston Marathon for The Herren Project Team, an organization that helps so many individuals like my brother, is extremely personal for me. Throughout Ryan’s active addiction and especially after he passed away, running has been an outlet for me. I am humbled with the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for THP while doing something that has been so instrumental in my healing process.”
Madison currently lives in Hartford, where she is a first year doctoral student in clinical psychology.
“While getting my masters in Boston, I completed an internship conducting substance abuse counseling for adults struggling with addiction. Each person I worked with has had such a profound impact on me as an individual and my understanding of the challenges they face. As I continue my journey as a clinician and a runner, I will carry each of their stories with me.”
Madison’s goal is to be a voice for individuals struggling with addiction, improve accessibility of treatment and quality of care, and reduce stigma. She believes no one struggling with an addiction should ever be turned down the opportunity to recover.
“The biggest lesson I have learned is that people are incredibly resilient.
“I run because it provides me the time and space to be alone with my thoughts, both good and bad. Sometimes it can be easier to push thoughts and feelings away because they feel too difficult to face but it is has been quite remarkable to experience an overall sense of clarity when I allow myself the opportunity to reflect. It has been such a gift to combine my love for running with my dedication toward helping individuals struggling with addiction. I am beyond excited to be running my first Marathon in my favorite city!”
Karissa lives in Hanson, MA and is a Cardiac Registered Nurse at the Signature-Healthcare Brockton Hospital. This will be her first marathon and she is honored to be able to run it in front of all of her friends and family.
“I started running about 7 years ago and I fell in love with all of the ups and downs. As I started to run races I just fell more in love with running. I proceeded to see people run the Boston Marathon and I realized how big of an accomplishment it was. Running the Boston Marathon hasn’t always been a goal of mine. It was at The Herren Project ALEX AND ANI CHARITY BY DESIGN Party in April of 2015 that I decided to I wanted to run the Boston Marathon.”
Karissa’s inspiration comes mostly from her family. The accomplishments that she has witnessed her parents, brothers and sister achieve have given her more motivation to complete the 26.2 miles
“I chose to run for THP because I believe they truly do make a difference. I first got involved with THP through my aunt and cousin. THP helped my cousin find sobriety about 5 years ago. THP does magnificent things. They are giving people who are struggling with addiction a second chance.”
Korey Shorb lives in Thurmont Maryland; home of the Catoctin 50k, with his 3-year-old daughter and pitbull, Kaige.
“My daughter is the joy of my life. I hope to get her into running as soon as possible.
I got into running about 7 years ago when I quit smoking. I started to gain weight because I was eating more but after I started running I noticed how much better it made me feel. I slept better, I didn’t seem to be as on-edge and my mind wasn’t racing.”
“Running has also helped me immensely with my sobriety. It’s my way of meditating and it’s my therapy. I never thought that I would be running a marathon. The only time I ever ran was if someone was chasing me. When I first got sober in 2008 I was broke, busted, disgusted and I couldn’t be trusted.”
Korey got interested in running races when he continued to see the 13.1 and 26.2 stickers on the back of cars. He didn’t know what they were until his sponsor (an avid runner) explained it to him.
“I set out to get a 13.1 sticker for the back of my car. I was determined. I did get my first 13.1 sticker and then set out to get the 26.2 sticker. I ran my first full marathon in 2011. It was the MCM. I ran the Richmond Marathon in 2012 when New York was cancelled; I ran the New York Marathon in 2013 and I ran the MCM again in 2014.”
“I picked The Herren Project to run for because it focuses on addiction recovery. I am a huge advocate for recovery. Being in recovery myself, I know all-to-well what it’s like to be down and out.”
Korey works as an addictions counselor at a treatment center. He took patients up to York, PA twice to hear Chris Herren speak.
“There’s power in our message. Other people need to see and hear that we DO recover. Our past does not define our future. There’s a way out! I will be celebrating 9 years sober on April 7th and 10 days later I will be running the Boston Marathon. I can’t possibly think of a better foundation to run it with.”
Tim is the incredibly proud father of four amazing young children – Liam (14), Declan (12), Molly (11), and Maeve (8) – and currently serves as the Executive Officer of a Navy helicopter squadron based in Norfolk, Virginia. A native of Acton, Massachusetts, he’s run two other races in support of THP, including the inaugural THP RUNS New Bedford Half Marathon team in the spring of 2014.
“I’m humbled and honored to run alongside this phenomenal group of individuals and I’m motivated daily by the inspiring work done by Chris, Pam, and the whole THP family.”
This will be Tim’s fourth marathon.