Hello! My name is Melissa Carriero – I was born right outside of Boston but I grew up in Upstate, New York. I graduated from Keene State College (in New Hampshire), so I am a New England gal at heart.
I am running the Boston Marathon in honor of my cousin (Nick), other veterans and their families. Nick passed away in September of 2019 but my family and I try to keep his memory alive and well. Mental health is a serious topic that I enjoy helping people find ways to cope so they can live happy lives. I have been a long distance runner for a number of years. I run many 5ks and half marathons but the marathon distance is a different kind of fun challenge for me. I have run two marathons (in the past), and each time I have really enjoyed the training and the process.
This marathon is going to be different for me because I am working more towards raising awareness for veterans vs working so much on my own running records (example: getting faster). Each mile is really going to mean a lot to me as I run through Boston in hopes to raise awareness to as many people as possible as I run those 26 miles. After Nick passed, my way to cope with everything going on was to run – twice a day almost every day for weeks. I love running, my family and our veterans so I truly feel honored to run and raise awareness for people who do so much for us.
Any person who is struggling with mental health (whether a veteran or not), deserves care – many people are very capable of living very “normal,” lives if they could just receive care to help with their PTSD/mental health. Each person deserves a chance and an opportunity to receive care to assist them.