Bellingham businesswoman runs Boston Marathon

Amy Myers, co-owner of the Bellingham contracting company Myers General Inc., ran her 27th marathon when she participated in the Boston Marathon April 18 to raise money for Perkins School for the Blind.

Myers, 43, joined the Perkins team because of a puppy.

“In 2008 and 2009, I raised a puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind,” she said. “He’s a black lab named Madrone. It was a wonderful experience and helped me realize the need we have locally and throughout the country to help those with visual impairments.”

Myers suffered a stroke in 2010 while participating in an Ironman event, and that also provided motivation.

“The stroke altered my vision for a while, which was very scary,” she said. “I wanted to be a part of an organization that helps people of all ages with visual impairments and Perkins School for the Blind was a perfect fit.”

Myers was one of 19 runners on the Perkins charity team to pound the pavement from Hopkinton to Boston to raise more than $100,000 for people who are blind or visually impaired.

The Perkins team, which included runners from around the country, was the only charity team in the 2011 race to focus exclusively on helping people with visual impairments.

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