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Running for the Future

It is difficult enough to run 26.2 miles in a cold, hard-driving rain. It’s almost unimaginable to run it with your left arm in a sling.

But that’s what Dave Cator did in the 2015 Boston Marathon. The month before the marathon, Dave broke his shoulder when he had to jump to avoid being hit by a car. Despite this injury, Dave never considered not running Boston.

That’s because Dave was running to honor the memory of his dear friend Peter Morrissey who died in 2012. Peter had been a dedicated supporter of Goodwill over two decades, serving as Chair of the Board and starting Goodwill’s Boston Marathon team in support of Goodwill’s youth programs. Goodwill established the Peter Morrissey Youth Fund in his memory.

“Finishing that marathon was the most difficult thing I ever did,” said Dave. “I honestly don’t remember the last 10 miles. But I did not want to let my supporters down. I wanted to finish for them and for Peter.”

There were 12 runners for Goodwill’s Running for Great Kids Marathon team in 2015, raising approximately $60,000. Dave is still a little surprised he was able to finish the race on that cold, wet day, but he had a good reason to make the effort.

“It would be hard to find a man of greater integrity, character and quality than Peter Morrissey,” Dave said. “I am honored that I was able to run for him and to support a cause that meant so much to him.”

 

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