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 Tyler Mischel has run in several marathons already, including ones in Detroit, Indianapolis and Berlin.

Tyler Mischel has run in several marathons already, including ones in Detroit, Indianapolis and Berlin.

Photo provided by Tyler Mischel


Berkley resident looking to raise $10,000 to run in Boston Marathon

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published February 24, 2020

 Every time Tyler Mischel runs a marathon, he said, he thinks about his mom, Deborah Ann, who died from breast cancer when he was 5 years old.

Every time Tyler Mischel runs a marathon, he said, he thinks about his mom, Deborah Ann, who died from breast cancer when he was 5 years old.

Photo provided by Tyler Mischel

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BERKLEY — A Berkley resident is hoping to raise at least $10,000 not only for a Down syndrome charity, but to help him run in the Boston Marathon.

Tyler Mischel will be running in the Boston Marathon April 20 through one of the race’s charity bibs. In order to receive a bib and participate, he has to submit a donation of a minimum $10,000.

The 37-year-old Mischel so far has raised a little more than $3,600. He’s hoping other members of the community will help him not only donate money to a good cause, but complete an item on his bucket list.

“It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do, and now that I’ve got a couple (marathons) under my belt, I finally decided this is the path forward to go,” he said.

The money raised will go toward the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, which promotes acceptance and inclusion of those with the condition. Mischel said he’ll be meeting with some of the members of the charity when he heads out to the marathon, which he’s excited about.

Aside from running for the MDSC, Mischel said he’ll also be doing the marathon for his mother, Deborah Ann Mischel, who died in 1988 of breast cancer at the age of 32.

“It’d just mean everything,” Mischel said of running for his mom. “With my mom passing away, I feel like it would be a good thing in her memory. I think about her every time I’m out there running.”

Mischel’s father, Jim, said his son has always been a pretty good athlete, noting he was a cross country runner when he was a student at Fraser High School.

Still, Jim Mischel never imagined his son would be participating in a marathon.

“It surprised me when he said he was interested in a marathon,” he said. “I mean, that’s 26.2 miles. I can’t even walk that far, and I said go for it. … He’s always been a guy that’s had a lot of determination.”

If Mischel falls short of the $10,000, he plans to donate the remaining balance himself so that he can still run in the marathon.

Anyone looking for more information  or an opportunity to donate can visit charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/massachusetts-down-syndrome-congress2/tylermischel.

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