UNC at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumnus Tim Cook (MSLS ’12) has been training and raising funds for a great cause. Cook plans to run in the 2013 Boston Marathon to support the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, an organization that provides summer camps, hospital outreach, family weekends and more to seriously ill children and their families - free of charge.
With less than two weeks left before the fundraising deadline, Cook is still accepting donations to help reach his fundraising goal of $5,000 for this organization that has a great deal of personal meaning to his life.
“I believe in the cause this organization supports, so it was an easy choice to sign up and commit to raising the $5,000,” said Cook. “My mom is a teacher and my dad worked with youth in churches and children's homes for almost 30 years, and they both supported organizations a lot like the Hole in the Wall Gang. My dad passed away suddenly this past July after struggling with serious mental health issues. He would have been so excited for me to run in Boston. I want to honor his memory by raising the funds he might have given and running this race to make a real difference in the lives of some very special young people.”
The fundraising deadline is April 1st, and Cook is less than $1,100 away from his goal. While he will appreciate donations of any amount, Cook suggests contributions in the amount of $75, less than $3 per mile for the 26.2 mile event.
“I know my training will go better because of the support and confidence you have in me,” Cook said in a message to friends and family. “Thank you so much for supporting me and the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.”
To make a donation, visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamHoleintheWallBoston2013/fundraiser/timcook. Donations are tax deductible.
The above photo was taken at the 2012 Tar Heel 10 Miler race. It features Cook (in white in the center), and other SILS alumni, students and their spouses. From left to right, Ellie Boote '12, Melissa Harden '13, Erin Carrillo '12, Boote's husband Matt, Dani Brecher '13 and Harden's husband Jeff.