Danny Boyle Road Race In Memory of Holyoke Firefighter
Last Saturday was the Danny Boyle Memorial Road Race in Holyoke. For those of you who are not familiar with Danny Boyle he was a Holyoke firefighter who lost his battle with brain cancer six years ago. Debra Boyle, his wife, started the race as a way to give back to Massachusetts General Hospital where Daniel was treated and to thank them for the outstanding care he received.
Last year’s race was supposed to be the final one, but the Holyoke Firefighters decided to keep the race going, in honor of Daniel with a new focus, which is helping local families that are impacted by cancer. Last year the event raised $20,500 bringing the races five year total to $111,000 in donations to the Brain Tumor Research Fund at Massachusetts General Hospital.
This year’s race was also a success. Last Saturday 400 runners and walkers including Debra Boyle and her 16 year old son Daniel Boyle Jr. participated in the sixth annual 3.5 mile road race. The participants started off at the Elks Lodge at the Ashley Reservoir where an American flag was suspended by a fire department ladder truck. Daniel’s six year old niece, Sophie Lawry started off the race by singing the National Anthem. Along with local families battling cancer, some of the money raised this year is going back to the community. It will be donated to the Holyoke Youth Football organization and the Paper City Knights division of the Pioneer Valley Junior Soccer League. Daniel Boyle always encouraged his own sons to participate in sports and D’Addario who is the past president of the Paper City Soccer Club also lost his life to brain cancer in February 2013.
Thank you to the amazing Holyoke Firefighters who kept this event going! It’s always great seeing a community working together to support a cause in such a successful way.