Why I’m Running: Alan Rezendes is running Boston for his son

"Lincoln's strength through adversity inspires me every day, and I'll be thinking of him when I cross the finish line on April 16th."

Alan Rezendes and Lincoln. —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.

Name: Alan Rezendes
Age: 34
From: Norton
Bib #: 26667

I’m running the Boston Marathon this year as a member of the Miles for Miracles team supporting Boston Children’s Hospital. My son Lincoln, 2, was born with a rare condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome and has had two open-heart surgeries at the hospital so far. At just two days old, it was discovered that Lincoln needed immediate medical intervention and was rushed to Boston for surgery. While this journey has certainly had its challenges, I’m so grateful to share my story because without the staff at Boston Children’s, I wouldn’t be able to. I have run a few half marathons before and one marathon, but I’m sure nothing will compare to excitement of race day in Boston.

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Lincoln is having his third open-heart repair on March 26, and I am hopeful that he’ll be out of the hospital by marathon day. Regardless, I know he’ll be in the best hands possible at BCH. Lincoln’s strength through adversity inspires me every day, and I’ll be thinking of him when I cross the finish line on April 16th. Please consider making a donation to the hospital today so that they can continue to provide new hope for kids like Lincoln around the world.

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

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