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CUs raise 200K for Boston Childrens Hospital
BURLINGTON, Mass. (8/1/12)--More than 100 Massachusetts credit union officials took to the golf links in an event organized by EasCorp, wrapping up a year of fundraising to support Boston Children's Hospital as part of the Credit Union Kids at Heart program. Credit unions contributed $200,000 to the hospital in 2012.

Kayla Biagotti, seated, and her mother, Kris Biagiotti, plan to run the 2013 Boston Marathon together next spring as the marathon's first mother-daughter team, with support and encouragement from credit unions in Massachusetts. Pictured with them is Kris Biagiotti's finance, Brian Bridges.  (Photo provided by EasCorp)
t the event, EasCorp announced that 17-year-old Kayla Biagiotti, a life-long Children's Hospital patient and Kids at Heart partner, and her mother, Kris Biagiotti, will compete as the first mother-daughter team to run the 2013 Boston Marathon together. Kris will push Kayla in a specially designed wheelchair for the entire marathon--26.2 miles. They will rely on support and encouragement from the credit union community to race into history, said EasCorp.

The Biagiottis have been part of the Kids at Heart Program since Kayla was eight years old. To ensure that Team Biagiotti has the best and safest equipment, credit unions raised funds within a week for a $4,000 custom-built wheelchair. They will debut the new chair on Sept. 30, when they compete in the Rockfest Marathon in Hampton, N.H., in order to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

The Credit Unions Kids at Heart program began in 1996 with a small group of Massachusetts credit unions and now includes 36 sponsors from across the country. Along with the invitational golf tournament, credit unions sponsor runners in the Boston Marathon each spring and host fundraisers to benefit the hospital.  Since the program's inception, the credit union community has raised more than $3.5 million for the hospital.


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