Ruth Berube-Leach is running Boston for Natalie and Elodie

"These warrior girls inspire me daily."


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 15, 2019. 

Name: Ruth Berube-Leach
Age: 44
From: Littleton, Massachusetts
Bib #: 26700

I’m running the Boston Marathon for the second year in a row in honor of my daughter, Natalie, and family friend, Elodie, whose lives were both saved by Boston Children’s Hospital. Natalie (now 3) was born in complete liver failure and is the youngest successful liver transplant recipient at BCH at 10 days old. Elodie (now 3) had four surgeries at BCH before the age of 1, including open heart surgery at three months old.


These warrior girls inspire me daily and motivate me on the days I don’t want to train in the freezing cold — if they can be as tough as they are, I have no excuse not to get out there and run. I fundraise for Boston Children’s Hospital because it is the best way I can think of to express my gratitude for my healthy daughter, and because the donations help so many children and families. To read more about Natalie and Elodie’s stories or to donate, click here.

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Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.