By Phil Orlandella
North End resident Heather MacLeod is training hard to run in her first Boston Marathon to raise funds for Saint Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital which she said, â€œdoes great things for children and their families.â€
Saint Jude combats childhood cancer, with families never receiving a bill for treatment or accommodations. They accept patients from all over the country.
The hospital helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it was established more than 50 years ago.
Heatherâ€™s goal is to raise $10,000 by participating in the 26.2-mile journey.
â€œThis April, I have a very exciting opportunity to run the Boston Marathon and help a worthy cause,â€ she said. â€œI believe this day embodies the value of our city and taking on any challenge no matter the weather and other conditions.â€
Heather loves the neighborhood, the bustling streets, its history, morning greetings on the way to work, reading the Review in the Corner CafÃ© and the unlimited access to amazing food. â€œIt is an incredible part of an extremely special city,â€ she said.
Heather also works in the North End and is asking support from friends, neighbors, family, local organizations and the business community.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â To make a donation log on to www.crowdrise.com/St.JudeBoston2017/fundraiser/heathermacleod.