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!
20+" of snow in Boston this week? No biggie with NEADS own Rescue at my side. Run on, Rescue's Racers! Many thanks once again to YOU because you've helped fund the training and care of a service dog for someone who needs one—a veteran who has a permanent disability, someone who's suffered hearing loss, or maybe for a child with autism. Hanging out with Rescue today and watching him assist Jessica only re-affirmed to me how amazing these service dogs are and how we can make the world just a little bit better with them around. Please continue spread the word about our cause. Thanks all!
Hi, gang! We are making great strides in training and in fundraising ahead of the marathon. Today I ran the 20 miles of the Black Cat 10 & 20 Miler in Salem, MA (the irony of running a race for service dogs in a race named after a cat not lost on me...though it took a few miles before it occurred to me) and I finished just under 3 hours. I feel great but boy—my dogs were barking! Speaking of dogs I am so proud to report that thanks to all of YOU kind and generous souls we have raised **$5,000** to help fund NEADS to train a world class service dog for someone with a disability who needs one. We are NOT FINISHED though—and there’s still plenty of time to pledge for anyone who hasn't. Please help spread the word—post this link to your socials and tell all of your friends—especially the dog lovers in your life. Thanks everyone!
Hi, Rescue's Racers! I shared a run today with Patrick Downes, co-author of RESCUE & JESSICA: A LIFE CHANGING FRIENDSHIP (on sale April 3). We talked at length about our book, how we hope it will start a dialog about what it means to live with a disability and what it's like to live with a service dog. We also talked about NEADS and what an incredible organization it is. You know that they train service dogs for people with disabilities but did you realize that they also train hearing dogs for people who are deaf? They also train social dogs for children with autism or other developmental disabilities. These dogs truly change peoples lives for the better. They do all of this and more with very limited federal government funding and rely on the support of individuals, foundations, corporations, service organizations, bequests and campaigns like this one. You can be proud to know you've helped bring a dog closer to someone who needs it. Thanks again for your support and please spread the word about this cause. Thank you! Honk or bark if you see me out there tomorrow— 18 miler for me!
Hi, Rescue Racers Crew...I've got some exciting news: Thanks to your strong early support, we've broken through my goal of $3,000—and so I'm raising my goal to $5,000 for NEADS. You've all been amazing—please continue to spread the word about our cause and we'll get there by Marathon Monday on April 16. Thank you!!