For Some, the Boston Marathon Finish Line Is Just The Beginning

STP-News sends a 26.2 mile shout-out to Peppi Bolognese, an unsung super-hero of the Boston Marathon. Peppi (center) is the owner of Accugraphics, a customizing graphic design and signage installation company.

For twenty-five years, without fanfare Peppi, and his team of all-stars have installed the iconic Boston Finish-line on Boylston Street. Like runners from across the globe, no matter the circumstances, Peppi sees the final installation of the blue, yellow and white logo as a sign of a job well done. His daughter Nichole said, “Its been an honor for the family to be part of this great event.”

The Bolgonese’s also see the Boston mile-marker as a personal memorial for a ┬ábeloved family member. Peppi’s beloved wife Maureen was the Company cheerleader, a nurturing Mom and Nona, friend to all souls and the type of kindergarten teacher kids would credit at High school Commencement ceremonies. She was a world-class teacher.

Maureen Bolognese welcoming her students on their first day of Kindergarten 9/1988. Manchester-by-the-Sea

Maureen, affectionally known as Mrs. B, passed away nearly nine years ago. At 73 she lost her race to beat ALS, a progressive, degenerative disease of nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movements. To date, there is no cure for the the condition that affects as many as 30,000 Americans, with 5,000 new cases being diagnosed each year.

For those who loved Mrs.B along her marathon race to fight for time the Boston Marathon finish-line is a metaphor for the long road to finding a cure. Like the Boston Marathon, time is of the essence. The Saint Louis School of Medicine says “the average life expectancy of a person with ALS is about 2-5 years from the time of symptoms,” ALS is the disease that also took the life of 34 year old Pete Fretes, the one time Boston College baseball player who raised money for research through the #IceBucketChallenge

The Boston Marathon Finish Line, represents for many, the starting line of promising new research and hope to win the race that touches people around the globe irrespective of race, ethnicity, or sociologic circumstances,

Maureen Bolognese 1942-2015 Forever loved

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