The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) is pleased to announce its 2017 Boston Marathon Running for Research Team. The runners are: Christine Bailor-Goodlander, Vincent Dufort, Jodi Newman, and Collette Wilson. This is the Foundation’s fifth consecutive year participating in the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program, and we are so grateful for this opportunity again. The historic event will take place on April 17th, 2017.
Christine Bailor – Goodlander is a registered nurse and a massage therapist. She has practiced massage therapy for 17 years and is a board member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) New York Chapter. Bailor-Goodlander has her own practice and resides in Williamsville, New York. She believes the Foundation is a source for knowledge and education to the healthcare profession as well as the public at large. This is her first marathon.
Vincent Dufort has a doctoral degree from McGill University and became a licensed massage therapist after more than 20 years in traditional healthcare. Dufort lives in Dover, New Hampshire and is the co-owner of a business. He ran his first marathon in 2013 and has the personal mission statement of “advancing simplicity in healthcare.”
Jodi Newman is a licensed massage therapist, obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Health and Wellness, and has been operating her own massage therapy practice for the past 12 years. Newman resides in Centennial, Colorado and is passionate about running and massage. She has run two marathons and her inspiration is to be like Goofy, because he is an eternal optimist and is always willing to try again.
Collette Wilson, sponsored in part by AMTA, has her own practice and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2006. Wilson lives in Louisville, Kentucky and began her running journey just two years ago. This is her first marathon. She believes that the ultimate finish line is fundraising for an organization that she truly supports.
For 31 years, John Hancock has been the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Each year John Hancock donates guaranteed running spots in the prestigious Boston Marathon to select nonprofits in order to raise money for their causes. Participants running on behalf of more than 200 non-profit organizations raised a total of $30.8 million for charity last year in the 120th running of the Boston Marathon.
Team MTF – Running for Research will be raising money and creating awareness for the Massage Therapy Foundation over the next few months. Last year, the MTF Running for Research Team raised a total of $45,800. Follow the team members this year as they share their stories and track their progress on the Massage Therapy Foundation team webpage. Massage Therapy Foundation President, Jerrilyn Cambron LMT, DC, MPH, PhD, states, “The Massage Therapy Foundation is thrilled to welcome our official Running for Research 2017 team. Along with running one of the most prestigious marathons in the world, this year our team will be fundraising to help us continue our work to advance the massage therapy profession. We wish the best of luck to Team MTF!”
On April 17, 2017, the MTF team will join nearly 30,000 runners for the 121st Boston Marathon. The 26.2-mile route extends through Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston. The Boston Marathon ranks behind only the Super Bowl as the largest single-day sporting event in the world for media coverage.
About the Massage Therapy Foundation
The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity, with a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education, and community service. For more information on the Foundation, please visit massagetherapyfoundation.org.