Wellesley College Runners Sponsor
Good Causes on Marathon Monday

For immediate release:
April 7, 2005
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Grateful Boston Marathon runners dub Wellesley College “the scream tunnel” for the boost they receive from cheering students, year after year. But this year Wellesley will add to its community service with runners who support outstanding causes at the April 18 event.

Seniors Corinne Savides of Chesapeake, Va., and Samantha Rose of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, have joined the American Liver Foundation’s Run for Research Boston Marathon Team. “We will be running to raise money for liver disease research,” Savides said. “One day I hope to be a pediatric gastroenterologist and work on research to help children with digestive illnesses, but until I become a physician, I hope to help by raising money for digestive research.” A neuroscience and music major, Savides will attend medical school at the University of Virginia next year.

Rose, a Middle Eastern studies major, joined the team in October. “I spent this past summer volunteering full time at the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital of Cleveland on the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology floor,” she said. “I saw not only what happens to patients but also how family and friends of the patients struggled with the various illnesses as well. No family should have to go through this.”

Virginia McAuley, a senior at Wellesley who hails from Pittsburgh, Pa., will run to raise money for CityKicks, an after-school soccer and youth development program for Boston Public school girls ages 11-14. The co-captain of the varsity soccer team at Wellesley, McAuley aims to raise $3,000 as part of Team CityKicks.

Senior Caitlin Andrews of Edgecombe, Maine, a psychology major, will run to benefit the Brookline (Mass.) Community Mental Health Center, a non-profit organization serving low-income clients.

“My absolute favorite day at Wellesley is and has always been Marathon Monday,” Andrews said. “Wellesley women line the streets slapping hands, holding signs and shouting words of encouragement to the tired runners all day. I have given those runners my hands and my voice for three years. This year I am going to run for a cause in which I wholeheartedly believe."

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.