Richard Sheward is running to raise money for Children’s HealthWatch

Originally posted on Boston.com.

In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston. If you’re running the marathon, you can share your #WhyImRunningBoston story here.

Name: Richard Sheward
Age: 35
From: Brookline, Mass.

While there are many reasons why I’m running the 2021 Boston Marathon, the one that matters most to me is being able to raise money for the amazing organization I work for, Children’s HealthWatch at Boston Medical Center. The mission of Children’s HealthWatch is to improve the health of young children and their families by informing equitable policies that address and alleviate economic hardships.Since 1998, we’ve interviewed over 75,000 families with infants and toddlers across five hospitals and clinics in U.S. cities. Through all of this data collection, we are able to better understand how hardships like food insecurity, housing instability, and policies that make up our social safety impact the health and development of young children.