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Massachusetts father who tragically lost his three children running Boston Marathon in their memory to help sick children



A Massachusetts man will try to turn his pain in the face of tragedy into a bright light by helping sick children.

Duxbury’s Patrick Clancy has been preparing to run in Monday’s Boston Marathon in honor of his three children who he tragically lost in 2023.

At approximately 6:11 p.m. on January 24, 2023, Duxbury Police received a 911 call for a report of a suspected attempted suicide by Pat’s wife Lindsay Clancy, who had jumped from a window from their home on Summer Street.

A 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy were transported to Beth Israel Deaconness Hospital in Plymouth where they were pronounced deceased. They were identified as the couple’s children, Cora Clancy and Dawson Clancy.

Pat’s son, eight-month-old Callan Clancy, was medflighted to Boston Children’s hospital where he was treated for several days before he passed away.

Lindsay Clancy was indicted in September with three counts each of Murder and Strangulation. Clancy is currently held without bail and being treated in a medical facility.

On January 28th, Patrick Clancy released a statement on a GoFundMe fundraiser page asking the public to forgive his wife while also letting the public know details about his three children.

Heartbreak hill will probably pale in comparison to the pain Patrick Clancy has had to endure. Nevertheless, he plans on tackling that and the rest of the 26.2-mile course to raise money for Boston Childrens Hospital.

Instead of trying to summarize Clancy’s reasons for running, we will post it here for you to read in its entirety.

“I’ve joined the Miles for Miracles team to help the brave kids at Boston Children’s Hospital in honor of my children, Cora, Dawson, and Callan, who tragically passed away in January 2023.

“In the short time they were here, my kids brought me so much joy and couldn’t have made their dad prouder. It goes without saying that losing them has been devasting and it’s a heartbreak that I’ll live with forever, but I’ve committed myself to honoring their memory by trying to bring positive change. In many ways, I’m just trying to be more like them. Their passion in life was infectious.

“Cora always loved interacting and playing little ones, especially after her little brothers were born. She loved babies partly because she thought they were cute, but she also just loved taking care of them. She would always say that one day she wanted to be a “doctor and a mama.”

“Dawson was everyone’s pal and one of the friendliest toddlers you’d ever meet. He loved fire trucks, Paw Patrol, and his family. I always marveled at his willingness to share and ability to bring smiles to people’s faces.

“Callan was such a happy baby that he earned the nickname, “Happy Callan.” You could tell he loved his brother and sister and seemed to find them hilarious. I could have listened to him laugh all day. I know he would have done great things in this world.

“Callan spent his last moments in my arms before he passed at Boston Children’s Hospital. Although I wished so badly for a different outcome, I was overwhelmed by the compassion and professionalism of the doctors and nurses in the ICU. They gave me a little more time with my boy, and I’ll forever be grateful for that. I’m incredibly honored to have the privilege of joining their team for the 2024 Boston Marathon and I’ll be running in Cora, Dawson, and Callan’s memory.

“Every dollar I raise funds the very best medical care, breakthrough research and vital support services for sick kids and their families. Your gift will:

  • help children from your town and across the world get a second chance at life;
  • give kids battling the most complex diseases care they can’t find anywhere else;
  • fuel 3,000+ researchers working to develop new treatments and cures;
  • support patient programs, like music and art therapy, to let kids be kids, even during long hospital stays;
  • help patient families in crisis with urgent needs, such as food, clothing and housing;
  • deliver the most compassionate, leading-edge care to every child who needs it.

“Please support my fundraising and help the incredible kids and families at Boston Children’s Hospital. “

Clancy so far has raised just over $36,000. If you are interested in donating to his cause, click here.

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