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Running the Boston Marathon for Autism

I know a handful of you read that title and said, “DAN IS GOING RUNNING?”  Don’t worry – I’m not that rash.  I’m just blogging about someone else who is actually doing the running.

My friend Melisa Thorne (former colleague at eRoom) is doing the hard work.  She’s running in the Boston Marathon.  She’s running for the Flutie Foundation for Autism.  She’s collecting donations to support their work for families with autistic children.

I know you all give to charities, and I know you all pick worthy ones.  But it can’t hurt for me to give this one a nudge.  Melisa is a great person, and she’s running for a great cause.  If you haven’t done your charity donations yet, I hope you consider sending a few dollars her way.  You can make a donation at

Here’s Melisa’s latest update:

My training has been going well and I am feeling strong and healthy.  I have 18 miles scheduled for Sunday.  While I’m a little nervous, I’m pleased that it looks like the temperature will be greater than 20 degrees. Finally!  Heck, I may even be able shed a layer or two.  If you’re in the Stoneham area on Sunday morning, honk if you see me.
I wanted to personally thank everyone who has donated to The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism in support of my run.  It us such a great cause and I am honored to be part of their team.  Because of your generosity, I am halfway to my goal. I still have a little more funds to raise to secure my spot on the team.  If you’re interested or know of anyone interested in supporting my run, there are a few ways to help.
The easiest way, is to make a secure donation online at:
Or a check can be made payable to:
Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism
[Ask Dan for Melisa’s address to send the check to her]
No amount is too small.  Donations are tax deductible.  And ask your employer if they match!