Update: Dr. Mayeaux successfully completed the 126th Boston Marathon in honor of his grandson, Benjamin, and raised more than $7,000 for United Cerebral Palsy – exceeding his goal.
Our original story:
At first, Dr. Gene Mayeaux didn’t take the email seriously.
The message from his long-term-care insurance company, John Hancock, invited him to enter a contest to earn a highly coveted running spot in the 126th Boston Marathon. Dr. Mayeaux, who earned the insurance company’s platinum status for his active lifestyle as tracked through his Apple watch, could win a spot and run for the charity of his choice if selected by John Hancock, a longtime sponsor of the premier race.
“It came out of the blue,” he said. “I just blew it off. I didn’t think I’d ever get picked.”
But just two days before the deadline, Dr. Mayeaux figured he’d give it a shot. He filmed the required video — sharing that, if selected, he’d raise money for United Cerebral Palsy in honor of his only grandson, Benjamin, who turned 1 in February and has a mild form of the condition.
“He’s the reason I’m running,” said Dr. Mayeaux, a physician who has worked in the emergency departments at Tidelands Health for 25 years.
The heartfelt words in Dr. Mayeaux’s video and an impressive interview via Zoom earned him one of 50 spots in the venerable marathon.
It was time to dust off those once-retired marathon sneakers.