Project Description

Marissa Lopes

Marissa Lopes

From: Boston, MA

Why I choose to run Boston with Herren Project:
I began running for the Herren Project in 2018. Raising funds and awareness for the Herren Project has given me a sense of purpose. When I was 5 years old, I lost my father to an overdose. Shortly after such a devasting loss, my mother gave me up for adoption. She wasn’t ready to break her addiction.

Growing up in Boston, I’ve been a spectator at many Boston Marathons. I’ve always dreamed of being part of such a magical experience and crossing the same finish as dozens of world champions. After the horrific bombings in 2013, being a part of the Boston Marathon, whether you’re a spectator or a runner, has become a demonstration of strength and resilience together as a community. We are Boston Strong.

What I’m most proud of:
Today I have two beautiful and healthy children of my own who spark my passion to fight substance disorder and keep families together through the work of the Herren Project.