On April 17, 2017, John Humphreys, Brindey Marine, and Luis Santiago ran the historic 26.2 mile stretch from Hopkinton to Copley Square on behalf of West End House. “Team Dawnn for Peace” raised $38,000 in support of our youth — a record for the West End House Boston Marathon team. Thanks to the John Hancock Nonprofit Program, this is Team Dawnn for Peace’s second year running the Boston Marathon. The team name pays homage to West End House alumna Dawnn Jaffier, who was a mentor and role model for hundreds of young people at West End House and beyond. Learn more about Dawnn’s legacy here. We are deeply grateful to Luis, John, and Brindey for their tireless dedication to crossing the finish line.
Meet the runners
LUIS SANTIAGOis Commander of the 78th US Army Band and the Assistant Director of Global Initiatives of Berklee College of Music. His wife, Nadine Martinez, is the Director of Visual & Performing Arts at West End House. Luis has dedicated his life to two things: empowering youth through music and serving his country. Luis says, “Running the Boston Marathon for West End House perfectly unites my two passions.”
BRINDEY MARINE has been volunteering at West End House for six years through our Reading and Homework Buddies programs. A Massachusetts native, Brindey discovered West End House through the Junior League of Boston. She is running the 2017 Boston Marathon in honor of her sons and the girls she has mentored and watched grow into young women at West End House: leena, Neila, and Breanna.
JOHN HUMPHREYS runs in memory of his father, Gary. “My dad was and continues to be a important influence in my life. He passed away in October 2016 and I am reminded of him each and every day. He always encouraged me to get out there and challenge myself. When the email seeking marathon runners for West End House hit my inbox, I knew immediately it was my dad sending me another challenge.”