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From left to right: Hannah Careway (Framingham), Tom Regan (Brighton), and Dean Sue Maggioni (Wellesley) who will be running the 2020 Boston Marathon.Photo courtesy Liz Cooper, MassBay Community College.
WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (February 2020) – MassBay Community College is pleased to announce MassBay Nursing student Hannah Careway, BioTechnology student Tom Regan, and Dean of Business and Professional Studies Sue Maggioni will run the 124th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20, 2020 to raise money for student scholarships here at the College.
MassBay was awarded one invitational entry by the Town of Wellesley that will raise funds for MassBay’s Boston Marathon General Scholarship Fund, which makes education and pursuing a degree more accessible to students who otherwise might not have the opportunity. Dean Maggioni, a Wellesley resident, established this scholarship at MassBay in 2017 when she raised more than $9,000 while running her second Boston Marathon. Her goal for this marathon is to raise $10,000.
Students, Hannah Careway and Tom Regan, are each running their first marathon to support the MassBay Student Hunger Assistance Fund’s Meal Scholarship program, and their invitational entries have been awarded by the Rotary Club of Wellesley. The Student Hunger Assistance Fund was established in 2017 in response to the increasing awareness of food insecurity among our student population. This fund helps support the Meal Scholarship Program, which provides meal cards to students in-need access to meals while on-campus. To date, the Student Hunger Assistance Fund has raised $105,000, helping students who are pursuing their degrees with access to food with meal scholarships, on-campus snack bins, the Food for Thought study program, and other initiatives. The MassBay Meal Scholarship fund, established in 2019, has awarded 76 students meal cards worth $12,500, and has provided 1,250 meals to-date. MassBay is currently in the process of awarding students with meal cards for spring 2020 semester.
Hannah Careway of Framingham, MA, is a nursing major who will be graduating in May 2020 and transferring to a four-year university to pursue her bachelor’s degree in nursing. When she is not in her nursing classes or at her clinical rotation at Framingham’s MetroWest Hospital and Whitter Rehab, she works as a bartender at Bourbon’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Framingham. Hannah has created a new drink at Bourbon's, the Marathon Margarita, to help with her fundraising efforts. For every drink sold, the restaurant donates $2 to the Meal Scholarship Program.
Although Hannah started running in the past few years, and has run many 5K races and two half marathons, this will be her first marathon. “I’m excited to run the Boston Marathon, and support my peers by raising money to ensure they have enough to eat while pursuing their educational goals,” said Hannah. “I really feel the love and support from the MassBay community and really everyone I tell about why I’m running. I think when you are supporting something so basic, like access to food, people are surprised and want to jump on board to help. I look forward to crossing this marathon off my bucket list and crossing the finish line.”
Brighton, MA resident, Tom Regan, is a Biotechnology major who will be transferring to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology after he graduates in May 2020. Tom works full-time at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton as a mental health worker, where his co-workers have been “so supportive of his goal.” When asked why he liked to run, he explained, “I use running to de-stress, but I also really enjoy setting goals that challenge me. I’m honored to be running for my fellow students, representing them on this course, to bring awareness and funds to such an important issue. I feel like I’m in a unique position to help my fellow students. When I cross that finish line, I will be thinking of everyone who will be helped because of this scholarship and since I’m still a student, I will have this connection to see that my actions have a direct impact.”
This is Dean Maggioni’s fifth marathon and her third Boston Marathon. She explained her determination behind this year’s race. “I’m constantly motivated by our students. What our students do every day, just to get to class to better themselves is a motivation for me to keep going and train on those long runs. Our students are working hard both inside and outside the classroom, juggling the demands of parenthood, jobs, and career searches, all while completing their studies. They are truly my inspiration.”
The Town of Wellesley receives invitational entries for the Boston Marathon through the Boston Athletic Association Cities and Towns Program. These entries are awarded to charitable organizations selected by the Wellesley Board of Selectmen.
To donate to the MassBay Marathon Team visit www.massbay.edu/boston-marathon-teamTo learn more about at MassBay visit www.massbay.edu
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