Scott Nugent is a senior at Boston College and a member of Team Red Cross running the 120th Boston Marathon, April 18. Scott has been active with the Red Cross during his time at BC, leading the Red Cross Club and coordinating blood drives for the American Red Cross BioMedical division.
Scott was nice enough to speak with the American Red Cross of Massachusetts about what running the Boston Marathon means to him.
American Red Cross of Massachusetts – Tell us about yourself and why you are running with Team Red Cross?
Scott Nugent – I'm a senior at Boston College majoring in finance and minoring in history. Completing the Boston Marathon has been a goal of mine since I arrived at BC my freshman year. After a couple of years of applying to run for charities, I realized that it was possible that I may never be selected to run my dream marathon, so I decided to run one on my own. In May 2015 I ran the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, where I am originally from, and completed my goal of finishing a marathon. Just days after I finished, I knew that I still needed to fulfill my goal to run in Boston’s iconic marathon. I applied to just to run for just one charity this fall, the one where I already felt a strong affinity for, the American Red Cross. It was a surreal feeling when I was accepted onto Team Red Cross and given this opportunity.
ARC of MA – How did you get involved with the Red Cross?
SN – I joined the American Red Cross club at BC originally as a Blood Drive Coordinator. I am often asked why a finance major would join and now be the President of the club. My response is that I understand the importance of the work done by the American Red Cross. Community service in colleges across the U.S. has become about seeing the direct effect of your work, whether it is seeing roof that you placed on a home that day or witnessing a child do well in school following tutoring. While these causes are amazing, I feel as though causes such as blood services are sometimes overlooked because there is not a tangible initial result.
ARC of MA – What inspires you?
SN – Witnessing BC students volunteer to donate blood or work a table at the blood drives has been an inspiring experience for me during the past three and a half years. Since joining, I've been revealed to the countless other life-saving initiatives by Red Cross. I plan on using this as inspiration as I fundraise, train and run the Boston Marathon.
We here at the American Red Cross of Massachusetts appreciate all that Scott is doing to help spread the word about the Red Cross and what we do in local communities. To learn more about Scott, check out his marathon site here.