Perkins is proud to partner with the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program for the 119th B.A.A. Boston Marathon®, which will be held on Patriots' Day, Monday, April 20, 2015.
Meet the Team
Support the Team
To donate online using your credit card visit Crowdrise.com/PerkinsBoston2015.
Donate by Phone
Perkins accepts credit card gifts using MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover as the method of payment. Your gift to the Perkins Marathon Team may be made by contacting Natalie Matisis, Special Events Coordinator, at 617-972-7831.
Donate by Mail
If you prefer to make your gift by mail, please send a check payable to "Perkins School for the Blind" with "Perkins Marathon Team" and the team member whose fundraising goal you wish to donate to (if applicable) written in the memo line to the following address:
Attn: Natalie Matisis
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Have a question?
For more information about the 2015 Perkins Marathon Team, contact Natalie Matisis at 617-972-7831 or Natalie.Matisis@Perkins.org.
Samantha joined Team Perkins to continue a tradition. A family friend named Tom had previously run the Boston Marathon for his daughter, Ali, who attended Perkins School for the Blind. Samantha decided it was time to step up and run in his place. “I’ve known Ali my entire life,” she said. “I’d love to be a part of this team and take over the tradition Tom started.” Samantha lives in Reading, Massachusetts, and is a benefits coordinator at MFS Investment Management. She ran her first marathon in Chicago last year. “It was the best experience, but the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “It proved I could do anything I set my mind to – which is why I started running in the first place.”
Sabrina volunteered to run the Boston Marathon to say thank you. Her son Zachary has attended the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind for three years. “As a mother, to know your deafblind son is in the best care ever, and is safe and learning, is more comforting than I can describe,” she said. “I want to give thanks to Perkins for all the wonderful doors of learning and growth they have opened for Zachary.” Sabrina lives in Yorktown Heights, New York, and is president of a company that provides services to owners of rental properties. She’s an avid hiker and biker, and ran the New York City Marathon in 2013 and 2014. “I never see obstacles, only challenges that make me stronger,” she said.
Supporting Perkins is a family affair for Lee. Her mother has been a teacher at Perkins for more than 30 years, and as a child Lee used to come to campus to see her. “I grew up visiting her office and mobility classes, connecting with the students,” she said. “There has always been a special place in my heart for the school. The mission of Perkins relates directly to my reasons for wanting to run, and I want to be part of a team dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives.” Lee lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, and works for the Department of Homeland Security. She plays in a rugby league, and although she has run one half marathon, this will be her first marathon.
Michael will run the Boston Marathon for a former student who is legally blind. That student, Jack, attended the Sherman School in Connecticut, where Michael is the principal. “Jack has taken part in (Outreach) camps at Perkins, and benefited tremendously from his experiences,” he said. “This opportunity will allow Jack and I to work together to fundraise and raise awareness regarding his challenges. As an educator, I feel it is important for me to help him grow and develop into someone who can help others.” An avid runner, Michael has completed five previous marathons, ten half marathons, and the Dopey Challenge in Florida where he completed a 5k, 10k, half marathon and a full marathon over four consecutive days. He lives in New Milford, Connecticut.
Kelsey has a special connection to people with disabilities. In 2014, she spent the summer working at the nonprofit Cape Abilities Farm, which gives adults with disabilities an opportunity to learn vocational and daily living skills. She also feels a connection to Perkins and its mission. “It can be a challenge when you are not like anyone else,” she said. “This is why schools like Perkins are so important. It provides a place of learning where uniqueness and individuality is admired and respected." Currently a senior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she hopes to become a sport psychologist for the disabled working with Paralympians and Special Olympians. This will be Kelsey's first marathon, although she ran the 7.3 Falmouth Road Race as a pusher in August 2014 and the 2014 Boston Athletic Association Distance Medley.