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October 16, 2012

The inspirational story that keeps on giving

A few weeks ago, we had a Page 1 story about Stacey Foster and her father-in-law, Brendan “Beep” Foster.

In a nutshell, Beep rode his bike last month in the Harbor to the Bay Bike Ride for AIDS in honor of Stacey’s dad, Tim Bogue, who died from the disease in 1991.

It was an inspirational story, as Stacey was extremely close to her dad but had never been involved in any fund raising or event in her father’s memory.

That was until her father-in-law, Beep, brought it up on Father’s Day, that he wanted to ride in her father’s name. Amid many tears — “They were happy tears,” says Stacey — it was a go.

Well, Beep’s ride was a huge success. The front page story apparently touched a nerve as pledges for Beep’s ride when from $800 to $4,500 in less than a week (note: pledges still are accepted until Nov. 1 at www.harbortothebay.org; hit “donate” and then put in “Brendan Foster” or racer No. “309.” Another $750 would put Foster in the Top 10 fund raisers).

In fact, when Beep went to pick up his race number the day before the race, one of the heads of the charity commented, “Are you the Mayor of North Andover? Money is pouring in from up there.”

After the race, Stacey, a mother of three and married to Mike Foster, said there were more tears.

Here are her words:

“The day itself was emotional, incredible and surreal,” said Stacey. “As Beep crossed the finish line I gave him a huge hug and we both cried. I said ‘Thank you, thank you so much!” And he replied ‘Love ya kid.’ We hugged for a long time. It meant so much.

“Our family and extended family surrounded us, and tears came to their eyes too. It was such an emotional moment,” she says. “To have lost something so long ago and then feel so close to it once again. I will never be able to put into words how much the event, the ride, the act of love from Beep, has meant to me, on so many levels.”

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