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Herb Connolly Acura and Mount Auburn Hospital Team up for Boston Marathon

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Framingham, MA – On April 18, the 120th Boston Marathon will kick off with more than 30,000 participants running the 26.2-mile route through Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Wellesley, Natick, Brookline, Newton, and Boston. On behalf of the New England Acura Dealers, the official automotive sponsor of the 2016 Boston Marathon, Herb Connolly Acura provided invitational entries to three runners from the local area.

When finalizing the partnership with the Boston Athletic Association, President of the NEADA and General Manager of Herb Connolly Acura of Framingham Chris Connolly knew that all eyes would be on the 2017 NSX, the grand marshal vehicle of Marathon Monday. However, Connolly was more concerned with the three invitational entries that NEADA would be able to provide into the coveted 26.2-mile race. Connolly knew that the entries had to support a worthy cause with his heart was set on Mount Auburn Hospital.

“Did you know that thousands of runners participate in the Boston Marathon to raise funds for charitable causes?” Connolly asks. “In 2015, the Boston Marathon charts team raised $28.3 million for charitable causes. That’s extremely impressive.”

Denis Bustin, Vice President of Development at Mount Auburn Hospital said “This is the hospital’s first Marathon team – we’re very excited about this and grateful to Chris Connolly and Herb Connolly Acura.” The three invitational entries were given to Mount Auburn Hospital staff: Phoebe Matthews, Melissa Brangwynne, and Kathleen Forde. The money raised by the Mount Auburn Hospital runners will directly support the hospital’s Hoffman Breast Cancer Center. Furthering their support, Herb Connolly Acura will also be recognized at the upcoming Hoffman Breast Center’s “Pink Pages: An Evening with Your Favorite Authors” event in May.

South End resident Melissa Brangwynne, 29, explained “I’ve always wanted to run but always find myself cheering each year, wishing I had registered. When [I learned] about the opportunity, I jumped on it. I turn 30 this June and figured what better time than right before to complete it.” Working in the same building as her mother, Mount Auburn Hospital holds a special place in Melissa’s heart as it is where her nursing career began as well as a place where loved ones have received exceptional care.

Beyond fulfilling her birthday goal, running this year will have multiple meanings for Melissa. She will be running in honor of a fellow soccer teammate, who was injured in the 2013 marathon bombing and unexpectedly passed away this year. “He was an avid runner and great teammate, who will certainly be on my mind from Hopkinton to Boston,” she said. To support Melissa’s fundraising initiative, please click here.

This year Watertown-resident Kathleen Forde, 46, will be trading in her pom-poms for sneakers to run in her first Boston Marathon. “I’ve always wanted to run the Boston Marathon since I was a child,” she said. “Most of my life I have been cheering with my family on Heartbreak Hill.” As she looks forward to her training, she is also excited to bring light to Mount Auburn Hospital, the amazing people she works with “who live the mission of Mount Auburn”, and raising money for the Hoffman Breast Cancer Center. To support Kathleen’s fundraising initiative, please click here.

Hoping to raise awareness to the hospital’s outstanding patient care and dedication to women’s health, Phoebe Matthews will also be running on behalf of Mount Auburn Hospital in its inaugural Boston Marathon. “The marathon is a good example of people coming together to support each other,” says Matthews. “I remember Heartbreak Hill being so full of energy.” As a nurse at Mount Auburn working in the operating room and on the cardiac team with a busy schedule, Matthews gets her training in running to and from work every day. Despite the bitter cold, she says her training is going well and she can’t wait to cross the finish line. To support Phoebe’s mission to bring attention to the Hoffman Breast Cancer make a donation here.

Connolly, who participated in the 2010 Boston Marathon, understands the training and respects the courage it takes to set off on the 26.2-mile journey. From his own experience, he explains that one of the most motivational ways to get through training in New England winters, or tackling Heartbreak Hill, is to think of all the patients at all the hospitals in his own backyard fighting to get better.

“I just thought of those patients, knew I didn’t have it half as bad and I just powered through my tough moments,” he said. Knowing that Phoebe, Kathleen and Melissa live and breath the Mount Auburn motto – “Excellence with Compassion” – it won’t be very hard for them to rise above all the training and race-day woes. They have the support of patients and Herb Connolly Acura behind them.

Founded in 1897 and held on Patriot’s Day, this year will mark the Marathon’s 120th anniversary. The marathon attracts over 500,000 spectators, making it New England’s most widely viewed sporting event. “The Boston Marathon is a tradition, history, there’s great history here….this was the birthplace of our nation and when everyone lines the marathon course on Patriots Day they are not just cheering for the runners but for all of Boston. It just goes to show how giving the community of Boston is,” reveals Connolly.

About the Boston Athletic Association:
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs, including high performance athletes and running club. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2015. The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.

About Hoffman Breast Center:
The Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital is named in honor of the Hoffman Family and novelist Alice Hoffman, whose vision, enthusiasm and generosity made it reality. The center is designed to provide educational resources and referrals for breast cancer patients. In this nurturing setting, patients and their families receive direction to appropriate resources, instruction in breast self-exam, guidance to the most effective courses of treatment and support at each step along the recovery and a healthy lifestyle. The Hoffman Breast Center continues to offer patients the latest resources and the most advanced technologies. It provides the full range of services including mammography imaging, breast ultrasound, ultrasound breast biopsies, stereotactic biopsies and breast MRIs.

About the New England Acura Dealers Association:
The New England Acura Dealers Association consists of seven dealerships throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire: Acura of Auburn, Acura of Boston, Acura of Peabody, Herb Connolly Acura, Prime Acura, Prime Acura North and Sunnyside Acura. Please see neacuradealers.com for more information

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