In 2013, the Boston Marathon was halted just before the Massage Therapy Foundation‘s (MTF) team approached the finish line, due to two bombs detonated at the race. (Read “Massage Therapists Report from the Boston Tragedy.”)
The MTF’s 2014 team is again running as a John Hancock Charity Partner. Each year, financial services corporation John Hancock donates hundreds of guaranteed Boston Marathon entries to select nonprofits that recruit runners who pledge to raise money for their causes.
The MTF was awarded three charity bibs for the April 21, 2014, Boston Marathon, and the three runners who were entered in the marathon in 2013 are on this year’s team as well. So far, Team MTF–Running for Research has raised just over $53,000.
Team MTF–Running for Research is: massage therapist Kristen Lutz, whose practice is in the heart of Boston’s Copley Square; Karen Moers, a massage therapist who practices in Jacksonville Beach, Florida; massage therapist Kathy Laskye, who practices in Evergreen, Colorado; massage therapist Kathy Borsuk, who practices in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey; Les Sweeney, president of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals; and Tom Heidenberger, vice president of sales and marketing for massage and spa for Performance Health.
Performance Health as pledged to match donations that Heidenberger receives from today forward, up to $2,000.