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We are so grateful and excited to have been selected again by the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program as a partner for the Boston Marathon.  This year, we have welcomed three extraordinary runners to Team Casa Myrna. Stay tuned to learn more about each of them and get updates on their training and fundraising progress by adding Casa Myrna on Twitter and Facebook.

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Ellie Brelis Danielle Thomas Megan Rogers
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Ellie is an Emerson College student, a sister of Kappa Gamma Chi, an actress, and a Cambridge native. As her sorority’s treasurer, Ellie plays a lead role in organizing Emerald Empowerment, which brings Emerson students together to celebrate survivors and prevent abuse on campus. Danielle is a veterinarian, a Jamaica Plain resident, and the Seeing Eye Human to her blind Boston Terrier Bugsy. She became dedicated to ending domestic violence after learning about the risks posed to survivors by abusers’ access to firearms through her longtime work advocating against gun violence. Megan, an analyst at Cambridge Associates, became committed to working to end abuse after majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Williams College. A field hockey and basketball player, runner, and cyclist, she’s especially interested in educating young athletes about domestic and dating violence.
See Ellie’s Campaign. See Danielle’s Campaign. See Megan’s Campaign.

If you already have a bib and would like to join Team Casa Myrna as a fund-raiser, please email Kit at kcali@casamyrna.org.

Joining the Team

Make the peak experience of completing the Marathon even more special: with every step you take, you’ll be raising awareness about an issue that affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men.

Casa Myrna began its Boston Marathon Team in 2007. Over the years, our runners have been essential in helping us raise funds and awareness to support our comprehensive services for survivors of domestic and dating violence. In 2016, Team Casa Myrna runners made the commitment to raise a minimum of $10,000 each ($1,000 each for those who have secured bibs through a different source). We provide ongoing fundraising support, ideas and encouragement.

We believe that being a part of Team Casa Myrna is an exciting, moving, and educational experience. We organize several events for our runners, including a Domestic Violence 101 training session, team dinners and other gatherings, a visit to one of our shelters, and a team send off/photo opportunity on the morning of the race.

As part of Team Casa Myrna, runners will receive a gift bag and uniform, and have access to the Furey Marathon Training Program free of charge. The 17-week program, overseen by John Furey, includes coaching and weekly run coordination of hill work and long runs (complete with hydration and nutrition), as well as massage, physical therapy, and complimentary injury screening services through Joint Ventures, a physical therapy provider in Boston.

About Last Year’s Team

In 2016, the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program once again selected Casa Myrna as a partner for the Boston Marathon. We were delighted to find an extraordinary team of runners to wear our striking purple and lime green singlet!

  • Jen Droney: A history teacher and coach at Winthrop High School, Jen used her fundraising campaign as a way to talk to her students about teen dating violence.
  • Anne Giovanoni: The President of Casa Myrna’s Board, Anne joined Team Casa Myrna for the sixth time in 2016!
  • Ellen Rothfuss: A student at Emerson College and a sister of Kappa Gamma Chi, Ellen raised thousands of dollars through creative events from baby-sitting on Valentine’s Day to a comedy benefit in her hometown.

Jen, Anne, and Ellen exceeded their fundraising goals of $10,000 each to raise a total of $35,858 to support essential services for survivors and efforts to end domestic violence. All three also completed the Marathon, with friends, family, and Casa Myrna staff cheering them on.

2016 Marathon Photos

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Jen Droney

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Ellen Rothfuss

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Anne Giovanoni


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