Meet one of our shinings stars

Meet UMass Medical School student,  honoree of the Massachusetts Department of Education’s “29 Who Shine” award and Disaster Action Team member of Red Cross of Central Mass, Jennifer MacDonald!

On May 8, Jennifer was recognized for her contributions to the commonwealth by Governor Deval Patrick at the fourth annual recognition ceremony. Each honoree is a Massachusetts resident “who has made an outstanding civic contribution to the state and intends to remain in the commonwealth upon graduation.”  Yes, we are claiming you for the foreseeable future Jennifer!

MacDonald began her residency at Clark University and her first volunteer experience was with our very own DAT team of which, she is still an active member of today.  MacDonald is part of a team of volunteers who attend to needs of community members that have been affected by a house fire or other catastrophic disasters.

We are proud to have one of our own being recognized for her immeasurable help in the community!




Team Red Cross tackles the long run

Team Red Cross

Team Red Cross

It’s been a tough winter of training for Team Red Cross.

With snow, rain and oftentimes frigid temperatures, it looked like the team (and New England) might never get a break.

Until Saturday.

The sun was shining Saturday morning as members of Team Red Cross ran the  20-mile stretch from Heartbreak Hill Running Company in Newton to Natick, stopping at water stations along the way. Team Yoga Instructor Rebecca Pacheco helped them recover the next day with a special yoga session at Healthworks Back Bay.

The team is now just 3-weeks out from the 118th B.A.A. Boston Marathon – and only about $13,000 away from its fundraising goal! Click here to support our team. rco_blog_img_TRCnewpic

Team Red Cross recovers with yoga

Yoga Instructor Rebecca Pacheco

Yoga Instructor Rebecca Pacheco

How do you unwind after running umpteen miles in the cold?

For some, it would be a nice frosty beer and maybe a burger. But for Team Red Cross, it’s yoga.

Rebecca Pacheco, a first-time member of Team Red Cross and an established yogi, is leading her fellow teammates in customized classes that will enhance flexibility, fitness and mental focus.

Yoga for Runners caters to areas of the body that are most overused or prone to injury, and classes will help the team recover from long runs and become mentally and physically strong for race day.

Runners took Rebecca's yoga class last Sunday

Runners took Rebecca’s yoga class last Sunday

Thanks to Healthworks Back Bay and Team Red Cross runner Matt Harrington for hosting Yoga for Team Red Cross runners, and thanks to Rebecca for leading the instruction. Check out her website for more yogi inspiration.

Team Red Cross hits the pavement

While most of us spent Saturday watching the snowfall from our couches, Team Red Cross was out training hard.

From left, Dan Fitzgerald, Dave Miller, Chris Brazda, JP Gallagher, Melynda Gallagher, Branden Kornell, Jessie Cox, Armin Molavi and Rebecca Pacheco

From left, Dan Fitzgerald, Dave Miller, Chris Brazda, JP Gallagher, Melynda Gallagher, Branden Kornell, Jessie Cox, Armin Molavi and Rebecca Pacheco

Our runners started out at South End Athletic Company, ran over to Heartbreak Hill Running Company in Newton and back to the South End – a total of 15 miles on a cold Saturday morning. One runner, Jessie Cox, ran just days after giving blood!

Thank you to both stores for hosting the team.

Do you want to support our hardworking runners? Visit their fundraising pages and reward them with a donation.


Team Red Cross kicks off the season

rco_blog_img_TRCThis year’s Team Red Cross is ready to run.

Several members of the team got together at South End Athletic Company Tuesday night to get to know each other a little better, and meet team leaders Karen Teller, Dan Fitzgerald and Nicole Marcotte.

In coming weeks, the team will train together to prepare for the big day – when they run the 118th B.A.A. Boston Marathon® to raise money for Red Cross programs and services.


Meet the 2014 Team Red Cross!

Meet the 2014 Team Red Cross!

Thank you to South End Athletic Company for donating the space, and to Harpoon Brewery for its beer donation.

Help out a Team Red Cross runner

rco_blog_img_jessicajonesA Team Red Cross runner is getting started on her fundraising goals with a special event on Black Friday.

Jessica Jones is hosting a Stella & Dot trunk show and all commission will benefit Red Cross disaster relief.

She ran the marathon with Team Red Cross last year, but was stopped short when the bombs went off. Want to support her? Click here and make a donation to her fundraising effort.

Team Red Cross runner sprints toward goal

Doug Neuschafer

Doug Neuschafer

Doug Neuschafer is new to Team Red Cross.

In fact, he’s new to running. And to fundraising.

You wouldn’t know it, though, as he’s managed to raise $3,460 toward his fundraising goals – and that’s just since last weekend.

“I launched my appeals on Sunday,” the Bolton man said. “I’ve received support from family, friends and my colleagues and contacts at work.”

Neuschafer is a project manager at Turner Construction Company. He started running two weeks after the Boston Marathon Bombing and hasn’t stopped since.

“I’m hooked,” he said.

Want to support Neuschafer’s fundraising effort? Click here. To meet the rest of Team Red Cross, click here.

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