This month, the non-profit organization Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) announced that its Team MTF– Running for Research raised a total of $45,832 on its journey to the 2016 Boston Marathon. MTF was selected to participate by John Hancock, which has been the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon for more than 30 years. Each year, John Hancock donates hundreds of guaranteed entries to select non-profit organizations through the Non-Profit Marathon Program. Organizations then utilize these entries to gather individual runners who pledge to raise money in support of their mission. Members of Team MTF– Running for Research, included Nicole Bucar, associate product manager for Performance Health, Marcy Cook, founder of education consulting company Generation Wellness, and David Otto who has been practicing massage therapy in the Las Vegas area for fifteen years. American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Massage Warehouse, and Performance Health also took part in this fundraising opportunity, serving as corporate partners of MTF. “We are extremely grateful for the dedication and energy that the team put forth this year,” says Jerrilyn Cambron, Ph.D., president of the Massage Therapy Foundation. “I also would like to thank John Hancock for giving the foundation the opportunity to participate in their exclusive non-profit marathon program.”
MTF was founded by the American Massage Therapy Association in 1990 with the mission of advancing the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service. The foundation is able to provide these services through individual gifts, industry support, and fundraising events. MTF also commits itself to uphold the principles of philanthropy, contribute to the understanding and appreciation of massage therapy, foster the spirit of collaboration, and serve as an influence, credibility, and visibility in health and wellness.