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Palos Park mom runs Boston Marathon; still has miles to go

 

Photos by Jeff Ebert

Palos Park resident Stephanie Ebert and her husband, Jeff, share a lighter moment in front of a motivational banner at this year’s Boston Marathon, held April 21.

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Profiled in a feature story in the April 3 edition of The Regional News, Stephanie Ebert competed in the Boston Marathon as a tribute to her son, Beckham “Sasha” Ebert, a 9-year-old with autism.

  Beckham and his younger brother, Zelalem “Zee” Ebert, got into the spirit of the race and thanked their mom for her efforts.

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   Beckham savors his mother’s marathon medal.

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The Boston run was the first of 11 grueling marathons and triathlons that Ebert will compete in, ending with the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 26 in Arlington, Va.

All told, Ebert plans to swim, bike and run a total of 226 miles to raise awareness and funds for autism research, in conjunction with the Organization for Autism Research (OAR).

Ebert’s initial goal was to raise $3,000 over several months, but after The Regional News article was published in print and online, the goal was met and surpassed in just 72 hours, a show of community support Ebert called “crazy successful” and “overwhelming.”

Ebert then doubled the goal, and donations have continued to roll in. As of Tuesday afternoon, Ebert has raised $5,150, which is more than double what she has raised for autism research in any year since she started in 2009.

Those who want to donate are encouraged to visit firstgiving.com.

 

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