‘Big Party’ Don McCarthy runs Marathon for The Joe Andruzzi Foundation

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This is what Big Donny had to say about his Boston Marathon experience on Facebook yesterday.

“This is why today was so important to me … This story is the embodiment of how incredibly inspiring Joe and Jen (Andruzzi) are and why the work of The Joe Andruzzi Foundation is so important … It was an amazing experience to be part of this historic race.”

“The friends you make along the way, the fundraising and the countless hours you put in preparing … And after all is said and done … I finished …. I had my Boylston Street moment. It was surreal to say the least and I took in every minute.”

“The entire time thinking about my Dad and my family and friends who have had to be, and are, in the fight for the lives to beat cancer … They are a huge part of what kept pushing me along the way through the course.”

“Thank you for all of the donations, support and kind messages. This story is why Team JAF did what it did today on the course of the 2016 Boston Marathon.” ‪#‎teamjaf‬ ‪#‎upbeatcancer‬ ‪#‎givebold‬ ‪#‎runbold‬”

I know Don well. He is a friend, neighbor, great guy and a person who loves to talk business. The back story about about the marathon that not many people know about is that Don was there at the site of the Boston Marathon bombing three years ago. When the bombs went off, a lot of people in Forum, where Don was attending a fundraiser for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, ran out the back door in fear that another bomb would not soon explode before them.  Not ‘Big Party’ Don McCarthy, he ran out the front door and into the chaos to help whoever might be in need of his help.  In that moment, his life changed forever. He will now be forever connected to The Boston Marathon.  And I know he ran the Marathon this year with a very, very heavy heart! Love you pal.

Big Don talks with the Boston Herald: 

“McCarthy, 36, witnessed the horrors of the 2013 marathon bombings first hand.

He was helping host an Andruzzi Foundation fundraiser at the former Forum restaurant that day, when the second bomb exploded out front.

He jumped into action, trying to comfort the wounded while aiding first responders, his clothes covered in victims’ blood.”

“It was something you see in a war zone or on CNN at night, not something you expect to see here on a beautiful day in Boston,” McCarthy told the Boston Herald in a story that ran days after the attack.”

Read more in the Boston Herald.

WCVB-TV (Ch. 5) report on The Joe Andruzzi Foundation: 

JOE: IT’S TRULY REWARDING FOR ME AND MY WIFE TO SEE HER SMILE, TO SEE HER OPEN THAT ENVELOPE RANDY: $18,200, SHE MET THAT FUND-RAISING GOAL IN JUST FIVE DAYS. SHE DECIDED TO EXTEND IT TO $26,200. FOUNDATION’S SIXTH YEAR WITH A MARATHON TEAM DURING WHICH OVER 100 RUNNERS HAVE RAISED MORE!

Here is the whole story:

http://www.wcvb.com/sports/joe-andruzzi-foundation-surprises-patient/39080506

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