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North Andover’s Native Running 2014 Boston Marathon to Raise Funds for Joe Andruzzi Foundation

North Andover’s own Rebecca Neary is lacing up her sneakers and getting ready to take the streets of Boston for the 118th Boston Marathon in just a few weeks. Rebecca ran last year and was fortunate to have finished unharmed, but she is determined to make  better memories at this year’s race. Rebecca will be running as a member of the marathon team organized by the Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF), a non-profit established by former New England Patriots offensive guard and cancer survivor Joe Andruzzi and his wife Jen.

Rebecca will be one of 47 “Team JAF” runners tackling cancer with each stride when she takes to the streets of Boston this April for the 118th Boston Marathon – all to raise money in support of the Foundation’s mission of alleviating cancer’s financial burdens on patients, as well as funding critical pediatric brain cancer research at Boston Children’s Hospital. Those wishing to help Rebecca reach her fundraising goal of $XX can visit bit.ly/TeamJAF14.

Though Rebecca is in the thick of training for the Marathon, the only cramps she will feel on Thursday, April 17 will be from laughing too hard – as funnyman Lenny Clarke and a cast of New England’s best comics host an “(Up)Beat Comedy Night” fundraiser in Walpole.

All proceeds raised through the event – hosted at Raffael’s (1601 Main Street, Walpole, MA) will support Team JAF. The night of comedy will also spread the Foundation’s (Up)Beat philosophy, which stresses the importance of a positive attitude in the face of adversity. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at bit.ly/UpBeatComedy.

The Foundation will also return to Forum Restaurant on Boylston Street for its Marathon watch party, where the team and JAF supporters also gathered in 2013. This year’s event is of special significance to the Foundation and Forum, as it will celebrate the resiliency of Team JAF, the venue and the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Marathon bombings – one of which occurred immediately outside of the 2013 watch party. A limited number of tickets are available at bit.ly/ReturntoForum25% of proceeds raised through ticket sales benefit the Foundation, as well as 20% of the events bar sales.

For more information on the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, visit www.joeandruzzifoundation.org.

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