Perkins inspired her to run the marathon

Three months of pro bono work convinced Jennifer Brallier to change her job – so she can help Perkins change the world

Jennifer Brallier runs along a snowy trail.

Jennifer Brallier has been training in every kind of weather to prepare to run the Boston Marathon on April 17. “The marathon is my opportunity to raise money for Perkins, while also personally challenging myself,” she said. (Photo by Paul Rutherford.)

March 22, 2017

All it took was three months to change the direction of Jennifer Brallier’s life – and eventually lead her to the starting line of this year’s Boston Marathon®.

During those three months in 2015, Brallier worked on a pro bono consulting assignment for Perkins School for the Blind. She quickly became inspired by Perkins’ life-changing work.

“I experienced what it felt like to work for a mission-driven organization,” she said. “It didn’t take long to fall in love with the cause, and believe in the work that Perkins employees set out to do daily: change the world for people who are blind.”

At that time, Brallier was an employee at a business consulting company, where she helped commercial clients develop growth strategies. Not long after her pro bono project at Perkins, she quit that job.

“I yearned for something more meaningful,” she said.

In 2016, she became a full-time employee at Perkins, working as manager of strategic initiatives. In that role, she’s exploring new ways to expand Perkins’ programs that educate and empower children and young adults who are blind

Now, she’s going to help advance Perkins’ mission in a different way – by running the Boston Marathon on April 17.

Brallier is one of two members of the Perkins marathon team who will run 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston to raise funds for people who are blind or visually impaired. Brallier plans to raise $6,000.

Brallier has always been an athlete. She played lacrosse and soccer in college until concussions forced her to give up contact sports. She’s run a few half marathons, but this will be her first marathon.

“The marathon is my opportunity to raise money for Perkins, while also personally challenging myself on a mental and physical journey unlike anything else I have ever done,” she said.

To support Brallier’s Boston Marathon run and make a donation to Perkins School for the Blind, visit her secure fundraising page. All donations will support Perkins’ programs and services for children and young adults who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.

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