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A near victim in 2013 will run in 2014 Marathon

Nicole DeLuca will run this April in the Boston Marathon.

Nicole DeLuca will run this April in the Boston Marathon.

RUNNING FOR OTHERS: Nicole DeLuca of Weymouth had planned to spend her birthday last April 15 on the patio of the Forum restaurant to watch runners come across the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street.

“I was talking to a friend that day who tried to convince me to ditch work so we could go and sit on the patio and watch, but I couldn’t,” said DeLuca, who is clinical director of South Shore Orthopedics in Hingham.

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That afternoon, a bomb exploded just outside the restaurant, one of two blasts that killed three people and injured hundreds.

She said a friend of a friend was one of the injured and lost a leg in the blast.

This year, DeLuca will run in the Boston Marathon, a few days after her 34th birthday, to honor those who suffered and to raise money for YMCA of Greater Boston’s teen programs. In a phone interview, DeLuca said she is originally from Cambridge and took swimming lessons at the Somerville YMCA.

“Being a kid who grew up in the city and actually went to the Y as a child, it’s nice to give back to my roots and aid a charity that is meaningful to me,” she said.

She started running road races in 2005 after putting the Boston Marathon on her bucket list. She didn’t enter last year’s race, but did get into the Chicago Marathon in October. She’d signed up for that race before last year’s Boston Marathon, and ran it for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, honoring an uncle with Parkinson’s Disease.

“We saw a lot of Boston runners there, and me and three of my friends wore Boston Strong headbands. It was so cool to be supported by the people of Chicago,” she said.

She ran some track in high school, she said, and got back into running in 2005. “A 5K turned into a 10K around 2010,” she said. “Then in 2011, I did my first half marathon. Last year, I did Chicago, so Boston will be my second full marathon.”

DeLuca has a goal of raising $7,500. She’s hosting a benefit March 8, from 5 to 9 p.m., at The Bell in Hand Tavern in Boston, which will be emceed by comic Brian Glowacki with music by Hypercane.

She looks forward to this year’s Boston Marathon, where she’s heard there will be thousands of daffodils planted to line much of the route.

“This will be huge, so symbolic for the city, everyone running together,” she said. “I get emotional just thinking about it. I can picture taking a left on Boylston Street toward the finish, and it gives me chills.”

To donate to her cause, visit www.crowdrise.com/nicoledeluca.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Kate Murphy of Plymouth, a senior human resources manager at Linden Ponds in Hingham, is now certified as a senior professional in human resources, awarded by the HR Certification Institute. To prepare for the certification exam, Murphy attended classes at Curry College in Milton.

The Driscoll Agency Inc., an insurance agency based in Norwell, was acquired by Cross Insurance, a subsidiary of Cross Financial Corp. Driscoll will run as a subsidiary of Cross, retaining its name and product line. Jay Driscoll continues as president of the agency, and Cross Insurance retains all its personnel.

Shelagh M. Joyce of Plymouth was appointed to the Plymouth Advisory and Finance Committee. She has more than 30 years experience in health-care technology and works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the chief information officer in the medical department.

Meg Doherty, chief executive officer and executive director at Norwell Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice in Norwell, and Judi Labossiere, the agency’s chief operating officer, have received their advanced certifications as home care executives.

Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at pkandarian@aol.com
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