A look at some of the Granite Staters who will be running and remembering today
Occupation: Hairstylist at Great Clips Manchester
Charity: Mass. Eye and Ear( www.crowdrise.com/teameyeandear/fundraiser/heatherdemers)
Boston Marathon experience: First
NH tie: Former Nashua resident
Occupation: Photographer, self-defense instructor at IMPACT Boston
Charity: Running for Project Purple (www.crowdrise.com/ProjectPurpleBoston2014/fundraiser/kevinjacobus)
Comment: "I'm running in honor of my father, Richard Jacobus of Nashua. He died in January of pancreatic cancer at Community Hospice House in Merrimack after being admitted to Elliot Hospital in Manchester. Unlike any race I've run before, this one is personal. It's been a challenge raising awareness of how little progress has been made in early detection and treatment of this disease. Even though it is one of the top-four deadly cancers, it seems that people aren't familiar with it when I mention it. Part of this is because many fewer are diagnosed with this type of cancer than lung, colon or breast cancer. However, almost as many die each year from pancreatic cancer as from breast cancer."
Ages: Thomas 38, Maria 35
Employers: Maria, Care.com; Thomas, Salem Police Dept.
Charity: Cops For Kids With Cancer (www.crowdrise.com/cfkwc2014bostonmarathon/fundraiser/thomaskench)
Comment: "We are running in honor of the victims of last year's bombing. We have three children, ages 6, 4 and 2. We were not runners but decided to start running and training. We trained for a 5K, a 10K and ran the Bay State Half Marathon. As members of Cops Cure Kids for Cancer, we were required to raise $6,200 each for the charity, but we exceeded our goals, combining to raise close to $15,000. We've also worked with a local family who has a 5-year-old with brain cancer. We submitted their paperwork for financial assistance, and in March they received a $5,000 check from the charity."
Occupation: Director of Ambulatory Clinics, Lawrence (Mass.) General Hospital
Charity: The Greg Hill Foundation (www.sharingcounts.com; enter "LISA LUZ" in search field)
Boston Marathon experience: First
NH tie: Londonderry native
Occupation: Community relations manager, Boston Ballet
Charity: Mass. Down Syndrome Congress (www.crowdrise.com/MDSC2014BostonMarathon/fundraiser/sarahmckitterick)
Comment: "For the past year and a half, I have been working at Boston Ballet's Department of Education and Community Initiatives. One of our programs, Adaptive Dance, provides creative movement to students with Down syndrome ages 2 through adult. I have been deeply affected by the individuals involved in the program - by the talent and creativity of the students, and the passion and dedication of their families.
Ages: Meghan 23, Nathan 25
NH ties: Meghan is from Holderness, Nathan from Campton.
Occupation: Law students
Charity: Running for the Lenny Zakim Fund: www.crowdrise.com/Zakim2014BostonMarathon/fundraiser/nathansemiao
Comment: "We currently live very close to the Boston Marathon finish line. After last year's marathon we were determined to run in this year's race as charity runners. We didn't have any background in running. Doing some of our training in the great state of New Hampshire made old Heartbreak Hill look like a speed bump! It was tough to juggle the training with school and fundraising, but we had great support from our family and friends back in the Granite State."
NH tie: Manchester native
Occupation: Senior producer/editor, WBZ-TV
Charity: Boston Health Care for the Homeless (www.crowdrise.com/BHCHP2014BostonMarathon/fundraiser/billritchotte)
Comment: "Last year's Boston Marathon was going to be a personal achievement for me: raising $5,000 for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and training to run a marathon. But it ended in the most horrifying way. When the BAA invited those of us left on the course back to finish what we started, I had no choice. I'll be running for those who lost their lives, those who were maimed and injured, those who will not be able to run, for those who ran toward the danger, for the city I love and for a cause I believe in. My incredible family and friends, many from Greater Manchester, once again gave me support both morally and financially, and I have raised almost $3,000 for BHCHP so far this year. When I finally cross that finish line, I will be taking all of them with me."
Occupation/employer: Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Charity: Team Eye and Ear (www.crowdrise.com/teameyeandear/fundraiser/jacksavage; https://jacksrunforcancer.wordpress.com)
Comment: "I first got involved with Massachusetts Eye and Ear when my brother-in-law, Michael, was being treated for ocular melanoma more than a decade ago. Ocular melanoma is a particularly nasty cancer that is fortunately relatively rare - but that means that there are fewer research dollars being put toward fighting it. My wife and I helped provide hospice care to Michael in his final days. He died in our living room.