Léa Le Gall is no stranger to running. She frequents the best running routes in her neighborhood of East Boston, has served as a tether running guide, ran the Cambridge Half Marathon last fall and jumpstarts each day with a rigorous CrossFit workout. But lately, running has taken on a new meaning, as Léa prepares for what will be the most purposeful run of her life to date.
As a teenager, Léa spent four years living in a residential home in France. While this chapter of her life was very challenging and isolating at times, she credits the organization for supporting her in finishing her education, providing foundational life skills and helping her to overcome significant mental health struggles during a time when she had no one else to lean on.
When Léa left the program, she made the bold decision to leave France and the trauma of her youth behind for the United States. Nine years later, she has found community, success and family in Boston. She now considers it home and has committed herself to supporting children and young adults here who are facing disrupted family lives and other forms of insecurity, a lived experience she knows all too well.
“I have had opportunities with other organizations and conversations with people who run, saying that they could get me a marathon bib, but I needed to do this with a purpose,” says Léa. “It then became a goal for me to run and raise money for The Home. I hope I can make children at The Home see that they can come out on the other side.”
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