Running for children with special needs

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Chicago 19th Ward Alderman Matt O’Shea is running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for Special Children’s Charities.

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Ald. O’Shea has been involved with Special Children’s Charities for more than 10 years and serves on its board.

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Special Children’s Charities is thrilled to have Ald. O’Shea run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on their behalf.

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Ald. O’Shea also dedicates his free time to the Mt. Greenwood Special Recreation Association in the 19th Ward.

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Ald. O’Shea is excited to be running the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. He ran his last one in 2009.

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After completing the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2009, Chicago’s 19th Ward Alderman Matt O'Shea retired his running shoes and decided to spend future marathons as a spectator cheering from the sidelines. That was his plan until he was given the opportunity in 2015 to run for Special Children’s Charities.

O’Shea’s connection to Special Children’s Charities dates back more than 10 years. He originally started by participating in the organization’s annual Polar Plunge – a fundraising event in which participants jump into Lake Michigan in the middle of winter. Today, he serves on Special Children’s Charities’ board and dedicates his free time to the Mt. Greenwood Special Recreation Association in the 19th Ward, which is home to 100 Special Children’s Charities athletes.

It’s an honor to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on behalf of Special Children’s Charities. I am proud to be associated with such a wonderful organization.

Matt O'Shea
Chicago 19th Ward Alderman

Renewed commitment
A lot has changed since O’Shea ran his last Bank of America Chicago Marathon. He has a much more demanding job and is the father of three children, but he makes time in his busy schedule to train, because he’s running for a cause he cares deeply about. “There’s a sense of pride that comes with running on behalf of such a great organization,” said O’Shea. “It’s an honor to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on behalf of Special Children’s Charities. I am proud to be associated with such a wonderful organization.”

Special Children’s Charities is thrilled to have O’Shea participate on its behalf. “Ald. O’Shea is making a significant difference, both through building awareness for our organization and providing financial support, and it will have a lasting impact,” said Susan Nicholl, executive director of Special Children’s Charities. “He truly represents our message of ‘athletes supporting athletes.’”

 

For the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, O’Shea hopes to raise $10,000 for Special Children’s Charities and finish the race in four and a half hours, beating his time in 2009.


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