Why I’m Running: Amanda Crowe is running Boston for 2 big reasons

"This will be my second year running the Boston Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital!"

Amanda Crowe. —Courtesy

In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston on April 16, 2018. Are you running Boston? Here’s how to share your story on Boston.com.

Name: Amanda Crowe
Age: 27
From: Somerville
Bib #: 26614

This will be my second year running the Boston Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital! I am so honored and grateful for the opportunity to raise critical funds for this amazing organization! I am running for two BIG reasons: The first being that, sadly, one of my older sisters, Lindsey, passed away when she was only a few months old. She spent her last week on this Earth at BCH, and my family will always be eternally grateful for the amazing support they received from the doctors and staff. Running and fundraising for BCH is one of the ways I want to give back and say thank you for everything BCH did for my family and for Lindsey. It is also to honor her memory and life during the marathon. The other big reason I am running is for my awesome patient partner, Leo! Leo was born with a heart defect called TGA, and he received life-saving surgery at Boston Children’s. He is now a happy and healthy 3-year-old toddler who enjoys playing with his twin brother, Max, and his dog!

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This will be my fourth marathon in three years — but nothing compares to running the Boston Marathon. It is truly a celebration and experience unlike anything else. I am truly grateful to be able to lace up my sneakers and join 30,000 other runners who all have different reasons for running this race. I cannot wait to get to the starting line in less than a month! A big shout out to my family, friends, and colleagues who have supported me in my efforts and fundraising — we have almost reached $25,000 in three years!

Check out our entire “Why I’m Running” series.

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