Boston Marathon 2k16: Cheer on Big Papi’s Charity Runners

Nicholas Shanman

David Ortiz, A.K.A. ‘Big Papi,’ has been a beloved Red Sox player since 2003. Within that time, he’s hit over 500 home runs and over 1500 RBIs, he’s been in all-star 9 times, and most importantly, he helped break the curse by winning the World Series in 2004, then went on to win it again in 2007 and 2013. He’s been both an inspiration for Dominicans and Bostonians alike. He has given this city his all both on and off the field, and that is exactly why students in Boston should be cheering on the The David Ortiz Children’s Fund runners at the 120th Boston Marathon this Monday.

The David Ortiz Children’s Fund is dedicated to providing children in New England and the Dominican Republic with proper pediatric care for those in critical condition. They are proud partners of Massachusetts General Hospital and the World Pediatric Project through their work with CEDIMAT, one of the most modern medical centers in the Caribbean and Central America. With seven runners and almost $70,000 raised, the DOCF is yet another reason the marathon is a incredible event for our city.

Big Papi’s fund pays for Becky Warsofsky’s position as the Child Life Specialist at Mass General. Her job is to reduce stress and anxiety for a sick child and his/her family. She does this through comfort and preparation for tests and procedures, and monitoring the entire hospital experience for the children in her unit. The fund will also help pay for four surgeries in 2016, $5000 in each, the amount of money that isn’t covered by insurance. A major unit that will be impacted by this fund is pediatric/congenital heart care, because congenital heart disease is the number one cause of death from a birth defect.

Tiffany Ortiz, David’s wife, hosted a spin class last Saturday where people who donated got to bike alongside of her, then attend an after party in Wellesley, in which all proceeds went to the DOCF. The class had an amazing turnout and the Ortiz family could not have been happier with the result. Now it’s your turn to make a difference.

If you can’t find time to go out and cheer on the runners this year, you can donate to this fundraiser. Every dollar goes to saving the lives of children in critical condition in New England and the Dominican Republic. These kids need our help. Their families cannot afford proper care and intensive surgeries on their own.

The Red Sox organization understands the value of time. It took them over 80 years to win a World Series after 1918. Now, Big Papi, the face of the franchise that brought the trophy back to Boston, is trying to give kids more time, the life they deserve. Let’s do our part too. I hope to see everyone cheering the runners on tomorrow. But if not, donate to the DOCF, it’s a great charity with life-changing objectives.

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