Hanscom FCU Employee Runs Marathon to Raise Money for Pediatric Brain Diseases

Lorie Skelton (far right), Hanscom FCU’s Member Advisor, with #TeamHanscomFCU teammates Dan Ziniti (far left), Senior V.P. of Member Experience, and Ray Phillips (center), Hanscom FCU Board Member.

 

Lorie Skelton, a member advisor with Hanscom Federal Credit Union, has been selected as one of the three charity runners for #TeamHanscomFCU in this year’s Boston Marathon. For the last 20 years, Hanscom FCU has raised money for the research and cure of pediatric neurological diseases such as Moyamoya Disease, Sturge-Weber Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and pediatric brain tumors at Boston Children’s Hospital through its association with Credit Unions Kids at Heart®, one of the largest credit union collaborative fundraising programs in the U.S.

Each marathon season, the credit union sponsors three of its employees and volunteers as charity runners on #TeamHanscomFCU and sets aggressive fundraising goals to be achieved through donations and pre-race events. One hundred percent of the money raised goes to the hospital, with nothing taken out for administrative expenses.

“I’ve always wanted to run the Marathon,” said Skelton. “Ever since I knew we that had runners running for Boston Children’s Hospital, I wanted to be part of the team.” Last year she ran her first Boston Marathon for Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. When Hanscom FCU reached out to her this year to join their team, she didn’t hesitate. “I said absolutely. I’ve also always wanted to run for Boston Children’s Hospital. You always hear about the great things they’re doing, so I was really happy to be asked to run for them.”

Skelton, who has been running since she was in high school, was matched up with her Patient Partner Timmy, who has been part of #TeamHanscomFCU for years. “In all the time that I’ve worked at the credit union, this is the first year I got to meet him,” said Skelton. “He’s such a sweetheart. “

The weather for today’s race is looking spotty, but Skelton is hoping last year’s downpours, which contributed to her finishing the race in six hours, will remain a distant memory. “I want a better time this year and to reach my fundraising goal.” To her sponsors, she says, “Thank you so much for all your support and donations, and even the messages that say, ‘Good luck,’ and ‘You can do it.’ It really means a lot.”

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