|Me with my fellow book club clan|
I have several friends who have adopted older children who would not be able to reach their full potential without the loving support of a structured family environment. This is the story of one of those situations. When Marcus Dixon McInerney no longer had a stable family environment, he was bouncing around friends’ homes and sleeping on their couches. My book club friend Rose McInerney and her family took Marcus into their home when he was a sophomore at Stamford High School. While Marcus excelled on the football field, he struggled with his academics but through the support of his new family and the community, he progressed and ultimately was accepted at West Point. Unfortunately, Marcus died last year in a very tragic accident.
The McInerney family has started a non-profit organization, MarcUS for Change, with a mission to improve the academic, social, and mental well being of at-risk middle school boys. They are partnering with many organizations in the community who already offer services that can help, including the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF). Judging by the turnout of this weekend’s inaugural 5K run / walk fundraiser, they are off to a good start.