Welcome to the Robert Bouchard Fundraising Page

Dear Friends & Family:

Six weeks from today I will be running the Boston Marathon.  Six weeks and two days from today will mark two years since my father’s passing.  The past 14 months have been a journey for me as I pursued qualifying and training for Boston.  I am honored, humbled, grateful and overwhelmed to be a part of the most prestigious running event in the world.  However, this race means so much more to me than running 26.2 miles through the streets of Boston.  On April 18th, I will not only be running alongside 30,000 other entrants, I will be honoring my father, appropriately on Patriot’s Day. 

My father was a patriot, serving in the Navy for four years and working in government defense contract administration until he retired. More importantly my father was a loving and devoted husband for over 48 years, a wonderful father to me and my 3 brothers and a man of tremendous faith.  Our relationship wasn’t always what I wanted it to be, but I could always count on my father for his support and he has continued to be my support over the past year. 

My father was especially encouraging when it came to athletics and loved to hear about my racing endeavors in running, triathlon and cycling over the past several years. Unfortunately, I was forced to quit running and triathlon in 2011 due to running injuries.  Nevertheless, after many failed attempts at running over the next four years, I decided at the beginning of 2015 that I was not only going to run a marathon, but qualify for Boston.  My dad was a huge fan of Boston sports, so this was something I really wanted to do for him. 

Needless to say, running has not been easy this past year, I’ve had more problems than I care to recount, but when I run I talk to my dad and he helps push me through the pain, and keep moving forward.  We have had some great moments and conversations, a lot of tears and a few amazing races together this past year; I don’t know if I would have done any of this without him.

My father died from mesothelioma, a cancer for which there is no cure, and was a survivor of both prostate cancer and melanoma.  Every one of us is affected by cancer at some point in our lives. In memory of my father, I have started a donation page through the Conquer Cancer Foundation which is one of only a few organizations committed to defeating all forms of cancer--from the common to the rare. If you would consider a donation in support of or memory of your loved one at my father’s memorial page I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for your support!

Mary Bouchard