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Letter: An amazing fundraiser

Re “A fun event, a community mission” (Monitor Opinion page, May 14):

I want to add to Concord Hospital President Mike Green’s column a personal perspective on the Rock ’N Race. For years I have marveled at what happens in Concord around this event. Each year I am struck by the spirit that swells up for this fundraiser and what it says about our community. I love seeing the numbers of walkers and runners double on the sidewalks in the weeks before the race and knowing that the community spirit is there, that this is a common effort.

I have memories of running the race too fast for my age and training, feeling I was at a breaking point – only to be uplifted by Grace Capital Church’s rendition of “How Far is Heaven” from its music tent on Pleasant Street; of noticing how many students were just returned home from college and that the race was a reunion for them; of being amazed at least three years in a row that the rain did not keep thousands of us from coming out in full force; of calling out intermittently along the route to friends/spectators I had not seen all winter; and, most important, of watching new teams rise up year after year in defiance of the disease and the lives that it has affected and taken.

It is an amazing fundraiser, and also a rite of spring for Concord and an expression, en masse, of the respect and love that that we have for those who have suffered and are suffering.

To me it feels like a celebration of everything that is good about Concord, the medical care we have here and our willingness to help provide medical resources to those in need. I’m grateful each year to see it thrive.

CECIE HARTIGAN

Concord

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