“My father is a retired Randolph Firefigher, as are my Uncle and two of my Great Uncles. My Great Grandfather was a Boston Firefighter, as were two of my Great Great Grandfathers. I think firefighters are some of the most heroic people in the world, and I’m honored to be raising money for a cause that supports them.”
That’s Meghan Dupras, daughter of East Bridgewater resident Darlene Dupras. She will be running the Boston Marathon this year and raising money for an amazing cause: The Last Call Foundation which is honoring Fallen Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy.
Meghan ran the Boston Marathon in 2013 but was unable to finish due to the horrific acts of terror that day. She says she’s lucky to have come out uninjured, as did all of her friends and family who were there for support.
“On April 15, 2013,” Meghan writes on her foundation page, “I promised myself I would run the marathon again one year and finally be able to cross the finish line on Boylston Street.”
Five years later, Meghan is happy to say she is finally going to achieve that goal, and as part of a foundation that she feels very strongly about. The mission of the Last Call Foundation is to provide funding, education, and research to advance the safety needs of the Boston firefighting community.
The Last Call Foundation was founded by Kathy Crosby-Bell in honor of her son, fallen Firefighter Michael Ryan Kennedy, who along with Lieutenant Edward Walsh died battling the nine-alarm fire on March 26, 2014 in Boston’s Back Bay. This tragedy highlighted the unique challenges facing Boston’s firefighters. The Last Call Foundation is committed to identifying and addressing these challenges to enhance Boston firefighters’ ability to safely and effectively fight fires and protect each of us. With your help, we can avoid future tragedy and, hopefully, save lives.
You can learn more about The Last Call Foundation, why Meghan is running, and make a donation by visiting her fundraising page.
No amount is too small! If you would prefer to send a check, you can make it out to The Last Call Foundation and mail it to Meghan at 249 Main Street, #1, Bridgewater, MA 02324.
Photo Courtesy of Darlene Dupras
Story Courtesy of Meghan Dupras