Dave's Open Road
I felt an inherent responsibility and obligation to help those who were less fortunate.
- Always wanted to be an athlete, but was picked last, cut from teams because he was so short; got into running because "no one can cut you."
- Entered Boston Marathon at age 16; his grandfather said he'd meet him at mile 24; Dave collapsed at mile 16 or 17, was taken to the hospital.
- Called his grandfather, who said, "Well, you learned...I'll be there next year waiting, but you've gotta train this time."
- His grandfather passed away two months later-this inspired him to train like crazy, but he got a stomach virus the night before the race.
- Still attempted to run even though he was sick, sat down at mile 21, realized he was sitting right in front of cemetery where his grandfather was buried.
- His grandfather had lived up to his commitment to be there; to honor that, he dragged himself across the finish line; vowed to run the race every year.
- Visited Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; wanted to do something special for them; ran across the country in 80 days to raise funds for them.
- Finished the cross-country race at Fenway Park in front of 32,000 people who gave him a 10-minute standing ovation.