Running the Marathon to Support Relief for Families of Children with Disabilities
Submitted · March 23, 2017
Ruth Shelley is running in the Boston Marathon to support the Michael Lisnow Respite Center. Contributed photo
Upton resident, Ruth Shelley, is now running through the roads of town not just to train for the Boston Marathon but also to benefit a local charity. Having grown up with a disabled sister, she has found her cause in the Michael Lisnow Respite Center.
The Center is named for a child who was profoundly disabled, born 16-weeks premature to a mother who refused to "put him in a home". Even though he was blind and couldn't speak or move around on his own, she worked with the children in school to find ways to include Michael in their activities. The children fell in love with Michael's smile and good humor and got to know the boy behind the disability. The bond was strong - many of his former school mates volunteer at the center. Emotionally disturbed children from the schools also volunteer there. Working with children whose challenges are greater than their own often unlocks the door through which these troubled children can be reached.
The Lisnow Center offers relief from round-the-clock care to families of profoundly disabled children. It provides pre-school daycare offering physical and speech therapy, after school care, summer day camps, overnight respite care, adult day care and have four group homes for disabled adults - currently running programs 24/7 serving 85 families. The Center is not just providing services; it is a second family to all involved.
To learn more about the Center, visit HopkintonRespite.com. To support Shelley's run for the Lisnow Center, please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/MichaelCarterLisnowBoston2017/fundraiser/ruthshelley
All contributions are tax deductible and every dollar goes to fund the Center's programs.