Lasell College Representatives Run 2015 Boston Marathon, Raise Scholarship Funds

Lasell College Representatives Run 2015 Boston Marathon, Raise Scholarship Funds

April 17, 2015

Five runners, including members of the faculty, staff and alumni, will represent Lasell College in the 2015 Boston Marathon on Monday April 20, raising money to provide scholarships to Lasell students.

This year, the College secured two bibs through the John Hancock Non-Profit Program. The team of runners has already raised more than $25,000 for scholarships.

A seasoned marathon runner, Associate Professor Neil Hatem will look to complete his fourth consecutive marathon with this year's event. Hatem has described the 2015 Boston Marathon as his "swan song," and says he looks forward to enjoying his last marathon to benefit students from the place he loves to work.

A cross country and track star at Lasell, alum Patrick Slight '13 is passionate about the sport and looks forward to Marathon Monday. "Running is a great stress reliever," Slight said. "My favorite sports memories have happened on the track and the cross country course."

Lasell Residential Life Area Coordinator and experienced marathoner Patricia Moran independently qualified for the Boston Marathon, but her connection to Lasell and its students drew her toward fundraising for scholarships.

"My favorite marathon experience was running by Lasell last April," Moran said. "It is why I worked so hard this year to qualify to run again."

Andrew DeMaio, a high school classmate of Lasell alum Dennis "DJ" Simmonds '08 who died suddenly last year, obtained a bib independently and will run with the team to support the Dennis DJ Simmonds '08 Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to Lasell College students.

Similarly, Melissa Collins, a longtime classmate of Simmonds - a Boston Police Officer, will also run to support the scholarship fund.

Running the Boston Marathon has been a lifelong dream for Collins. "I am humbled to be running in honor of my classmate and heroic fallen Boston Police Officer, Dennis ‘DJ' Simmonds," she said.

Going forward, the College hopes to make the Lasell Marathon Team a new tradition for Marathon Monday.

- Rebecca Deluca