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Meet the 2020 Boston Marathon team

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Jennifer Bolanos

Jen Bolanos is an educational assistant in the Wilmington Public School system. The husband of one of her close friends had ALS and passed away more than nine years ago, leaving behind four children. Jen has seen Dr. Brown speak at various events and has participated in ALS fundraising walks. This will be her 13th marathon, and her fourth in Boston.

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Ivy Mwangi

Ivy Mwangi is a clinical research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is running in honor of her uncle who was diagnosed with ALS more than eight years ago. He has received clinical trials in Mexico and Israel, which have slowed the progression of the disease, but he is no longer able to walk. This will be Ivy’s first marathon.

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Vinay Sampson

Vinay Sampson is a full-time father to two daughters. He is running in memory of his beloved and much-admired eldest brother, who lost his battle with ALS in 2015. Vinay took up running after recovering from an accident that nearly cost him one of his legs. This will be Vinay’s sixth marathon, and his first in Boston.

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Alyssa Smith

Alyssa Smith is a high school teacher (health and physical education) in Woodstock, Vt. She was inspired to join the Cellucci Fund team by a close friend who was diagnosed with ALS in 2015 at age 26; his motto is, “If not me, then who?” Alyssa is very active and excited to run her first marathon.

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Jonathan Smith

Jon Smith is an assistant store director at the Big Y supermarket in Holden, Mass. He lost his grandmother to ALS in 2013 and was very affected by what she experienced. Jon and his wife, who is a teacher, are dedicated advocates for several local charities. Their dog, Copper, was recently certified as a therapy dog. The 2020 Boston Marathon will be Jon’s first marathon.

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