GlobeWest: Marathon runs for causes

A number of area residents are running for a cause in the 119th Boston Marathon on Monday. Here’s a sampling of a few:

► Sue George , Hudson: Owner of the Harvard Sweet Boutique, she is running to raise funds for the Miles for Miracles team, and in support of patient Keelan Peterson, at Boston Children’s Hospital.

► Brendon Giblin , Southborough: Co-owner of Brendon Homes, a real estate development company, he is determined to raise $100,000 for One Mission, a national pediatric cancer foundation started by town residents Ashley and Ari Haseotes.

► Joanna Murphy , Needham: A sixth-grade math teacher at the High Rock School in her hometown, and a triathlete, the 30-year-old hopes to raise $10,000 to support YMCA of Greater Boston’s teen programs.


► Marc Rosenblum , Littleton: He is running his third 26.2-miler for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Marathon Challenge on behalf of a 9-year-old Ayer boy who is remission from brain cancer, the same illness that killed Marc’s stepfather. To date, he has raised $6,420.

► Lily Eng Shine , Newton: The Newton South High history teacher, a Dreamfar team leader who embraces being a role model for her students, has a goal of raising $5,000 for the Newton Schools Foundation.

► Dr. Robin L. Travers , Chestnut Hill: The official coach of Team Running for Cover, she is one of 29 members of the Melanoma Foundation of New England group that has pledged to raise $250,000 at the Marathon. The dermatologist is running her 10th Boston. Four-time Boston champion Bill Rodgers of Sherborn is the team’s honorary captain.

► Apo Ashjian , Sarkis Chekijian , and Stephen Najarian , Belmont; Mike Hovagimian Hopkinton; Nicole Arpiarian , Sudbury; Laura Nahigian , Watertown: Donning 3-inch-by-8-inch emblems, the local contingent will be among 20-plus runners making the trek from Hopkinton to Boston to call attention to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, officially April 24. The program was coordinated by the Knights of Vartan’s Ararat Lodge in Cambridge, under the direction of Lexington resident Ron Sahatjian .


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