November 28, 2023

This spring, The New England Center for Children (NECC) will have ten runners participate in the 128th Bank of America Boston Marathon®, which will take place on April 15, 2024. As a partner of the Bank of America Boston Marathon Official Charity Program, Team NECC runners will raise a minimum of $10,000 each for NECC.

These runners—a mix of NECC staff, family, and friends—will spend the next few months training for the iconic 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston while raising funds and awareness for the students at NECC. This year’s team is comprised of runners from across the U.S., including Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Texas, all with the goal to raise awareness for autism, special needs, and NECC’s work in their own communities.

Over the last 15 years, Team NECC runners have raised nearly $1 million in crucial funds for NECC students through the B.A.A.’s non-profit charity program. Every dollar raised by NECC’s Boston Marathon runners directly benefits students through the Annual Fund, which funds crucial areas not covered by tuition, such as student activities, individual student needs, off-campus activities, specialized technology, student equipment and materials, and vocational opportunities. It also supports NECC staff development, research and training opportunities, as well as DEI initiatives and employee resource groups.

You can help support their fundraising efforts by donating to their individual profiles, which can be found on the Boston Marathon Team Page.

Meet NECC’s 2024 Boston Marathon Team:

David Baker, a business owner from Sugar Land, TX, who is running for his sister, Tiffany, who has autism.

Michael Boisvert, an insurance executive from Charlotte, NC, who is raising awareness for the special needs community, of which his daughter, Noelle, is part.

Jeffrey Desloge, a biotech investment banking analyst, and Boston transplant originally from St. Louis, running for his sister, Faith, who was diagnosed with autism and cerebral palsy when she was six years old.

Oliver Ferrari, a business owner from Dover and NECC friend who ran the 2023 Falmouth Road Race as a member of Team NECC.

Helen Hedman, of Boston, is an education coordinator who has worked at NECC for five years and is running in support of her students and fellow teachers.

Anne Normand, an orthopedic surgeon from Duluth, MN, is a friend of NECC who has run the Boston Marathon and raised money for the school in the past.

Tobey Stohr, a cybersecurity account executive and yoga instructor from Boston, is an NECC friend running his first Boston Marathon.

Patrick Story, of Natick, MA, has worked for NECC for 15 years and is continuously inspired by the students and teachers with whom he works.

Alexander Torres, a rheumatologist from Lithia, FL, is running in honor of his first-born, Sophia, who is globally delayed.

Elizabeth Tso, a financial analyst from Greenwich, CT, is running for her brother, Jamie, was a student at NECC.