Chief Matthew Grafton
25 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-2044
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Stoneham Firefighter to Run to Nine Fire Stations to Raise Money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
STONEHAM –The Stoneham Firefighters Union is pleased to announce that Firefighter Dan Kelleher will be running to nine different fire stations this weekend to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Firefighter Kelleher and his running partner, Melissa Symes, of Melissa’s Main Street Bistro, will run 30 miles on Sunday, July 30, starting at 7:30 a.m.
They will begin at the Stoneham Fire Department and travel to the fire stations in Woburn, Winchester, Arlington, Somerville, Medford, Malden, Melrose, Wakefield and Reading, ending back in Stoneham. Firefighter Kelleher and Symes hope to complete the course in under seven hours.
The run is a precursor for Firefighter Kelleher and Symes’ commitment to run the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5 with MDA’s Team Momentum. The two have worked on multiple fundraising events together, with this being their fifth for MDA. Together they have completed the Fight for Air Climb in Boston in January 2016, two half marathons and most recently, the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2016.
Following the run, community members are invited to an event at the Stoneham Town Common from 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children, and include access to a buffet and lawn games like corn hole, giant Jenga and a bounce house for kids.
Adults will also have the opportunity to visit a beer and wine tent, and complimentary soft drinks donated by Coca Cola will also be available.
Tickets can be purchased at the common on the day of the event. All money raised will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
“This is going to be a great event for a great cause,” Firefighter Kelleher said. “We hope that residents will come out to support MDA and two community members who are completing this challenge for all those who cannot.”
Keep track of Firefighter Kelleher and Symes’ fundraising and training for the NYC Marathon’s MDA Team Momentum at www2.mda.org/goto/stonehamfire.