Summit resident Al Lord stands near the finish line he crossed after running the Boston Marathon April 18.

Lord's journey over the 26.2 miles on Patriots' Day was fueled by his desire to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and done in the memory of Eric Gould, who lost a courageous two and a-half year battle with primary central nervous system lymphoma in July of 2015.  

Gould, a third-degree black belt and a karate training partner of Lord's, left behind a wife and three children, two of which still train with Lord at their local dojo.

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Lord's Summit-based firm, Lexerd Capital Management, LLC, sponsored him in the race, and his family's charitable foundation -- The Starfish Fund -- made a donation that gained Lord entry into the race through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team In Training Program.

After a dedicated training regimen, which included a 20-mile treadmill run at his local gym, Lord finished the race in 4:45. To support his fundraising mission, visit

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