2016 Boston Marathon

Runners legs crossing the starting line at the 2015 Boston Marathon

Going the extra mile…and more

It takes a special person to run 26.2 miles for someone else. On Monday, April 18, 2016, three special individuals did just that, running the 120th Boston Marathon as the charity team for Perkins School for the Blind. Together, they raised over $25,000 to fund blindness education programs for children in local communities and around the world. Read our runners' personal stories, make a gift in support of a team member and check out photos from the day.

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April 18, 2016 (All day)
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Boston, MA
Boston, MA
United States
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Meet the Team
Eric running a marathon in Washington, D.C.

Eric Ferreira

Eric is the proud father of a Perkins' Lower School student. He's running the Boston Marathon to show his son that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Read More »

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Joseph running with headphones on.

Joseph Metzger

As a seasoned marathon runner, Joseph was looking for a new challenge. As a member of Team Perkins, he hopes to raise funds and awareness for Perkins School for the Blind. Read More »

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Dan running.

Dan O'Neil

Dan was inspired to join Team Perkins by his two nephews—both students here. He's running the Boston Marathon to help Perkins staff "continue the terrific work that they do." Read More »

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About the Team

The Perkins Marathon Team raises funds to support programs and services on our Watertown campus, in the community and around the world. All funds raised will be used to help children and young adults who are blind reach their full potential. Perkins School for the Blind is proud to partner with the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program for the 120th B.A.A. Boston Marathon®, which will be held on Patriots' Day, Monday, April 18, 2016.

John Hancock logo.

Have a question?

For more information about the Perkins Marathon Team, contact Emily Goodman at 617-972-7583 or Emily.Goodman@Perkins.org.

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Eric Ferreira

Perkins School for the Blind became part of Eric's life three months after his son, also named Eric, was born. The younger Eric has a rare condition called Septo-Optic Dysplasia that causes blindness. The family discovered Perkins, and soon a teacher of the visually impaired began making home visits. Currently, 9-year-old Eric attends Perkins' Lower School. "Eric receives the best possible education from the school and staff," said his father. "Now, I want to be able to serve the school and community that has done so much for our family. I would like to do my part to say thank you." Eric is a police officer in Methuen, Massachusetts, and also serves in the Marine Reserves. He's run one previous marathon, in Washington, D.C. in 2014.

Joseph Metzger

Joseph has run 25 previous marathons, but the 2016 Boston Marathon will be special. "My wife is legally blind without corrective lenses," he said. "Through her experiences I have learned to appreciate on a daily basis the medical advances that enable her to function normally. [That's why] I felt a connection to Perkins School for the Blind. By running for Team Perkins, I feel that I can help bring more awareness to this very important cause." Joseph, who ran the Boston Marathon in 2001 and 2011, is a resident of Tampa, Florida, and a senior partner at the Metzger Law Group. He's an active volunteer for his church, and has also helped raise money for numerous causes, including homelessness, breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Dan O'Neil

Ask Dan why he's running the Boston Marathon and he'll give you two names: Daniel and Andrew. They're his nephews and they attend Perkins School for the Blind. "I am eternally grateful to Perkins for the care and education my nephews get," he said. "I want to help Perkins continue the terrific work they do." Dan works as a payroll supervisor at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital and lives in Dedham, Massachusetts. He's run the 7-mile Falmouth Road Race and the BAA's distance medley, which consists of a 5k, a 10k and a half-marathon. He's ready now to tackle a marathon. "It's always been a dream of mine to run the Boston Marathon," he said. "I want to run this race for all the folks that physically can't."

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April 18, 2016 (All day)
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