Jennifer Serafyn

Jennifer Serafyn

Dear Friends,

I am excited to be running the inaugural Fenway Park marathon on September 15, 2017! This is the first marathon to be held inside a Major League Baseball stadium. I am one of only 50 runners who will be running around the warning track 114 times. That's right -- 114 laps.

I've heard the quips: "That's going to get really boring, really fast!" and "One leg is going to be shorter than the other from all the turns!" That may be true, but at least the course is flat, and I won't have to guess where the next bathroom and water station will be.

All kidding aside, when I heard about the Fenway Park marathon, I knew I had to run. September 15 will mark one year of good health for me. Last summer, I became sick with a persistent cough and shortness of breath. Over several weeks, different doctors told me I probably had an ordinary virus. For a relatively healthy person, it was frustrating to feel so sick for so long and to struggle so much to get through each day. I finally ended up in the emergency room and was diagnosed with a bad case of double pneumonia.

Breathing is our most basic biological function, yet it wasn't until I was lying in a hospital bed with an oxygen tube in my nose for nearly a week that I realized just how much I took breathing for granted.

While this race is personally significant to me, there is a greater goal. My goal is to raise $5,000 for the Red Sox Foundation, which supports cancer research, among other things, to help people who are far more sick than I was. The Red Sox Foundation also sponsors over 200 little league baseball teams and educates kids about the importance of character, teamwork, and physical fitness. Please donate if you can.

As I run around Fenway Park, I'll be thinking about all the people who are too sick to run; I'll be thinking about the terrific nurses, PCAs, and doctors at the Faulkner who restored me back to good health; and I'll be thinking about how blessed and lucky I am just to be able to breathe.

With the field capped at just 50, I have no doubt I'll be the slowest runner, but I don't care. I am grateful to have healthy lungs, and I'm determined to use them by running around Fenway Park. 114 times.

Thanks for your support!

Jennifer

About Red Sox Foundation

The Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox. Our goal is to harness the passion our fans have for the Red Sox and transform it into a vehicle for positive exchange in our community.

Each year the Red Sox Foundation also makes a limited number of small grants to select nonprofits in New England on a rotating basis and we also work with Front Office members, sponsors and volunteers of Red Sox Nation on a variety of community service projects.

As a 501c3 nonprofit (tax ID #33-1007984), donations to the Red Sox Foundation are tax-deductible.

Donor Roll

Anne R. $50.00
Olivia S. $114.00
Michelle S. $77.77
Anonymous $115.00 Go for it!
Jennifer S. $200.00
Jason W. $50.00
Michael F. $50.00
Maria S. $100.00 - Mari & Walter
Herb S. $100.00 Have a good run/jog. Herb and Linda
Catherine S. $50.00
Eileen D. $50.00 Good luck Jen!
Lorinda M. $10.00 You got this! I hope there is a cheering section on that day...definitely want to be there.
Walter S. $100.00

Fundraiser Goal

$1,066.77
Currently Raised