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Rescue’s Racers

$9,830 of $8,500 goal

Raised by 148 people in 8 months



Hello, and welcome to my GoFundMe page! I am Scott Magoon and I am running the 2018 Boston Marathon to raise funds and awareness to benefit the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS). The service dogs they train bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners who are deaf or have a disability and I am so proud to be able to contribute to their mission's success.

Your generous contribution will help cover costs associated with the many aspects of training and care of these amazing animals including housing, food and health care. They will go on to aid people with disabilities in need of assistance and comfort as they go about their daily lives for years to come.



Why Rescue’s Racers? My friends Jessica Kensky and her husband Patrick Downes are both Boston Marathon bombing survivors, having lost legs in the blasts. NEADS alumnus extraordinaire Rescue serves Jessica as her service dog and was honored as the ASPCA dog of the year (yes he really is that good, watch him in action here ). Taken together, these three have inspired me to hit the frozen streets this winter to train for my first marathon since I was running the Boston Marathon  when my family and I were caught between the two explosions. I can't think of a better time to run it again than this year on the 5th anniversary of the bombings.



I’m also running  to mark the release of my book written by Jessica, Patrick and illustrated by me. Its called Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship and it comes out April 3. Based their real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire you and your young readers. You can read more about it here

Won’t you please donate whatever you can today to help these amazing animals find the people that need them the most? 





You can follow my progress on my Facebook page or on my website, scottmagoon.com

There are tons of great photos on the NEADS website of service dogs and their owners in training. Check it out. 

Honk (or bark) if you see me out there!

Thank you. 

Scott







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Well, Rescue’s Racers—it has been, as they say, a very good run. Together & to date we have raised $9,555!! This is a remarkable amount and we should be very proud of our accomplishments together. We did lots of good. In terms of the race itself I completed the Boston Marathon in 4 hours, 16 minutes. It is faster than my previous official best personal time of 4 hours 25 minutes.

And what a wild weather day it was! Locals will tell you that it was just another Boston Spring day. We runners knew our time might be slowed because of the cold, rain and wind— and it was going to be a mental challenge to stay focused and motivated, nearly as much as it would be a physical one. We lowered our heads out of the rain, many sporting ponchos, plastic bags, or even shower caps to go the soggy distance. Nearly 30,000 runners got it done.

Highlights:

Crossing the start line and seeing again the massive roiling flow of humanity in front of me, each writing their own story for themselves after months of training. 

Weather. The rain was comical. It was coming down in sheets and it was all we could do to keep from chuckling at its intensity. Running into the wind was like running a resistance workout; as though we had a parachute tied to our back. Fortunately the wind subsided the further we went. The rain never let up.

Spectators & Volunteers. I can't accurately express to you just how mighty the Boston Marathon spectators and volunteers are. Just as the river of runners around inspired me with their efforts, so did those alongside with their cheers by name or by team. The cheers of "Thank-you for running!” or "Go runners” or “What’s a little rain, it won’t slow you all down!” made their way out to me. Scads of high-fives to men, women and kids with outstretched hands, the enthusiasm of Wellesley college women in the "scream tunnel” and most memorable, my chance to thank Bostons finest at the finish line. Those people helped carry all of us runners to Boylston Street, one by one.

I encountered many friends along the route including the 7-year-old Rescues Racers supporter who donated her $7 allowance in the true spirit of helping others. And for every friend I saw along the way, there were others I did not see but I knew were there, both in the crowd and in spirit. I received well timed texts of encouragement and good humor from my dear friends. Thank-you for being there cheering me along.

Thanks to Candlewick Press for their support, especially before the race with our “Print Runs” in Somerville. This crew went the literal and figurative mile with me and I am grateful. My gratitude again that you asked me to illustrate RESCUE & JESSICA from which all of this goodness flowed. If you like service dogs and stories about perseverance then please check out our book: RESCUE & JESSICA: A LIFE CHANGING FRIENDSHIP available wherever fine books are sold.

NEADS—kudos to your incredible organization and kind support over these months. I am honored to have worked for you. I hope Rescue’s Racers efforts will assist you in your mission and help you achieve new heights

Thanks to Bonnie Ford at ESPN, Alysha Palumbo at NBC-10 Boston, Kerry Kavanaugh at Fox 25, Eric Moskowitz at the Boston Globe and Boston.com for getting the story about my fundraising out into the world. We have good people as journalists working for us every day, despite what you hear from our President. Support them and their publications and our right to free speech by subscribing. <gets off soapbox>

Thank you to my new friends Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes & Rescue for their unwavering support and good humor over these months—to me and my family. You are among the best people (and dog!) we know and we are fortunate to have you in our lives. It’s been a privilege getting to know you three. Thank you for the bib number, Jess. It will be framed in my studio! :)

My family. A nephew, a niece, my sister in law, my mother and father-in-law were at mile 6 and then they joined my boys and of course my wife, Christy, at mile 16 wearing their Rescue’s Racers t-shirts, hats and big heads of me (thanks, Laura!). I was thrilled to see them and happy to have their support. Thank you Christy for meeting me with your big hug at the finish. Thanks too to my Mom and Dad following along, their words of encouragement and teaching me to never give up.

Lastly, many of you know I was running in 2013 as the bombs exploded in front of and behind me, my family spectating nearby. I struggled to come to terms with what we experienced that day. After yesterday I’ve a new peace of mind…as though the missing puzzle piece was found in between the couch cushions and put in place. Part of that good feeling was raising all these funds with you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting NEADS and, by extension, me on this journey. I am forever grateful to each one of you. 

I invite you to keep in touch! Follow me on Twitter: @smagoon, on Instagram @skortch, on Facebook at scottmagoon books or please visit my website at scottmagoon.com

And with that, I bring Rescue’s Racers 2018 to a close. 

As the very first marathoner Pheidippides said, "Joy to you, we've won."

Sincerely yours,
Scott
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Dear Rescue Racers—
Here we are! The eve of the 2018 Boston marathon, its 122nd running—and my third. I am so excited. Its going to be a cool and rainy day tomorrow—but thanks to all of you we will be bringing a little sunshine. Together we have raised over $8,500 for NEADS and brought national awareness and appreciation of their honorable organization. I applaud each of you for stepping up and making a donation to this cause. You have and will be making a positive—and lasting—difference in people’s lives.

Your goodwill has not only helped NEADS in the months and years ahead. Your generosity and spirit will also help bring me through those 26.2 miles tomorrow and so I dedicate this run to each of you, my fellow Rescue’s Racers. Let’s do this!

If you’d like to track me, my bib number is 29685. Here are three ways you can track me: https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-marathon/2018/04/10/3-ways-to-keep-track-of-your-favorite-runner-on-marathon-mondayoh

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Scott
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Hello Rescue's Racers!

We’re less than a week away from Marathon Monday and boy there is so much good news to report! Here’s the latest and greatest from RESCUES RACERS:

I am very proud to announce that we have smashed through our $7,000 goal with a current fundraising total of $7,685 from 100 donors in just over 2 months! Yeah!! Our work together will help NEADS continue their mission critical work of training, housing and feeding their service dogs for their roles in helping their human partners as they go through their day to day lives. This is for years to come. Your contribution will have real and lasting effect on someone’s life better. Give yourself a pat on the back! You deserve it.

But. We’ve still got a bit further to go. My new goal going into Monday’s race is now $8,500. Its going to take one last push but we can do it; we’re RESCUES RACERS! Let’s get those last minute stragglers to step up. No more dogging it! Here’s my idea:

If you share this post on Facebook,
https://www.facebook.com/scottmagoonbooks/photos/a.192452940898689.60500.192163850927598/1274687672675205/?type=3&theater


this post on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhb6qezgEmY/

or this post on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/smagoon/status/984095352163840006

or, heck ANY of my Rescue’s Racers posts you will be automatically entered to win a FREE copy of Rescue and Jessica signed by me, Jessica, Patrick and YES, even Rescue (Patrick and Jessica made a special stamp of Rescue’s paw print so we have his pawtograph all ready to go. It’s totally paw-some). I am giving away THREE copies, one for each social media platform. So if you repost/retweet/share on all three you have three chances to win. Multiple posts get your name in the hat for multiple chances to win. Make sense? I want people to ask, “Who let the dogs out?” when they see how many shares we’ve gotten. Are you in?

More news: It has been a whirlwind week with the publication of RESCUE & JESSICA: A LIFE-CHANGING FRIENDSHIP. This is the book I illustrated written by Jessica Kensky and her husband Patrick Downes about a young girl and her service dog has resonated with readers—we’ve seen large crowds at signings at Barnes & Nobles as well as local indie An Unlikely Story bookstores. At those events I had the chance to meet a number of NEADS dogs in-training and they were awesome. They were handled by their weekend puppy raisers. These volunteers ensure puppies have a full range of experiences by helping out by socializing the puppies on weekends. They are specially trained in socialization skills by NEADS, are assigned to a puppy for the entire time the dog is in the prison program training with inmates during the weekdays. Puppies spend their weekends at a volunteer’s home and follow the volunteer’s routine around town. This way, the puppies become accustomed to things like car rides, traffic, bus stations, movie theaters, restaurants, grocery stores, and all the typical experiences of life—including book signings! Thanks to everyone who came out to see us, we so appreciate it.

And there’s more! A story about my 2013 Boston Marathon experience ran yesterday on ESPN.com and mentioned our own cause to benefit NEADs. We’ve gone national, people! Here's the story:

http://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/23053165/2018-boston-marathon-runner-illustrator-scott-magoon-draws-strength-five-years-on

About Marathon Monday—My bib number is 29685. I will leave the start in Hopkinton at 11:15 in Wave 4. I am aiming for approximately 4 hours which puts me at the finish line on Boylston around 3:15. If you would like to track me, go here:

http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/event-information/att-athlete-alerts.aspx

Also, here is some great spectator info: http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/event-information/spectator-information.aspx

So far the forecast is calling for an overcast day with maybe a little rain, temps in the high 40s. Not the greatest weather but its better than that hot day in 2012 when the temps in Framingham center pushed 90º! It was like the dog days of summer. Not this year.

OK gang. That’s all for now. You’ll hear from me one more time before Monday. Meantime…share those social media posts! Let’s go viral!

Sincerely,
Scott
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Hi, everybody! I had to let you all know that I made a trip to NEADS HQ yesterday—wow, what a place! I met with trainers and staff who brought me through their beautiful wooded campus making stops at the their training rooms, offices—and the Kathy Foreman house in which they bring service dogs and their human partners together for the first time to meet and train. Its in this house where they spend several days or longer living and working together learning how to work as a team. I can't think of a better place for this magic to happen than at this house. It is very comfortable and homey. Check out this video for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVs5b9lkIDE#action=share.

Did I mention that I met puppies too? Yes, I went to the puppy training room—though just before their lunch and nap time. We played for just a few minutes—it was hard to say good bye!

I also wanted to let you know we're at $5,621! I've increased my goal to $7,000 and I could use all the help I can to get that word out there about Rescue's Racers. Please share the link: https://www.gofundme.com/rescues-racers with your friends, family and your social networks and with your help I know we can help NEADS continue their compassionate mission to bring service dogs to people who need them. Have a great weekend & thanks all!
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$9,830 of $8,500 goal

Raised by 148 people in 8 months
Funds raised will benefit:
National Education for Assistance Dog Services
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