TAUNTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — She hasn't run since high school, but that isn't stopping this local woman from running three marathons in one year.
Jen Hoye is running to honor the life of her brother Teddy Fusco, a DCR ranger who died by suicide in 2017 at the age of 41. She's already run the Los Angeles Marathon and plans to run both the Boston Marathon and the Chicago Marathon before the end of the year.
Hoye told WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe the opportunity to keep her little brother's memory alive helps motivate her to keep running.
"He just had a very kind and gentle heart," Hoye said. "He was easy going and always looked out for other people."
Along with running the marathons, Hoye is fundraising for the team that represents the America Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Hoye said she is happy to fundraise for an organization that helped her immensely when she was grieving the loss of her brother.
"I really felt like I had a place for the first time since my brother died with people who understood what I was going through," Hoye said. "They feel like family. We're bonded by our shared purpose to save lives and bring hope to others."
Hoye has already raised nearly $16,000 for her fundraiser for the Boston Marathon at the time of publication.
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.