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Bill Murphy | Branch Manager | NMLS # 19301

2021: #CrutchesForWishes

“The crutches for wishes journey began exactly 60 days after I slipped down my stairs on my way to train for the marathon. I jammed my leg pretty hard, causing a rupturing/tearing of my quad from the knee. Surgery was the next day, and the doc said I would have no chance to do the marathon, and needed a six-month recovery period.

I started training the next day on crutches. After being denied participating in the official Boston Marathon course, I came up with an alternate idea of completing a virtual marathon around the softer track of my alma mater, Worcester State University. I completed the virtual marathon on October 10th, crutching a total of 26.2 miles, 102 laps, in 6 hours and 17 minutes.

The day started at 4 am and I crossed the finish line at 10:17 am. The goal was 8-9 hours, but I was carried by adrenaline with all the support from family, friends, the Make-A-Wish team, Worcester State, and many others. To date, we have surpassed 20k in donations.

Many folks walked and jogged alongside me, and it was so motivating! Bethany, a wish recipient, walked the last few miles with me and told me her story. She was full of joy, enthusiasm, and contagious energy and completely made the last couple of miles easier as she was so inspiring.

Check out the photos of the day and the 60-day journey leading up to this incredible event! Thank you for support, and I am looking forward to 2022! ” – Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy

2006 | 16 Years | $500,000+ Raised | 50+ Wishes Granted for Make-A-Wish | Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s get to the finish line together!

Over the last 16 years, it’s been my goal to combine my passion for running, marathons, and triathlons with fundraising for the MA and RI chapter of Make-A-Wish. Inspired by my cousin’s wish experience, I have been fortunate enough to raise more than $500,000 to date. Make-A-Wish’s mission is to strengthen and empower critically ill children by granting them one wish. Through client appreciation events, participation in fundraising runs and hikes, and making a monthly donation in honor of my Fairway Independent Mortgage clients, I have been able to support the Make-A-Wish mission and help them grant over 50 wishes.

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Bill Murphy Crossing the finish line on crutches, Boston Marathon 2021

“The power of a wish gives strength, joy, and hope and also creates memories for the wish child and their families that will last forever.”

– Bill Murphy

Worcester State University alum Bill Murphy to participate in 125th Boston Marathon® on crutches on behalf of Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island

WORCESTER, MA — On Sunday, October 10, Bill Murphy, a 1993 graduate of Worcester State University, set out on crutches to complete 26.2 miles on the WSU track as a participant in the 125th Boston Marathon® on Team Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

As a team member, Bill fundraised to help grant wishes for children with critical illnesses through Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. To date, his 2021 marathon fundraising has yielded over $20,000.

Due to an injury and subsequent surgery this summer, and with approval from his physicians, Bill completed 104 laps on the soft surface track,

Bill’s creative and tenacious approach to fulfilling his commitment as a Team Make-A-Wish member for the Boston Marathon illustrates his loyal and generous support of Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. “The power of a wish gives strength, joy, and hope and also creates memories for the wish child and their families that will last forever,” affirms Bill.

Inspired by his cousin’s wish experience, Bill has raised more than $350,000 over the past 15 years to support the Make-A-Wish mission through client appreciation events with the Worcester Sharks, participation in fundraising runs and a 30-mile fundraising hike, and making a monthly donation in honor of his Fairway loan clients. In addition to being an active runner, he also practices martial arts.

This is Bill’s second time on Team Make-A-Wish for the Boston Marathon through an entry provided by John Hancock. Each year, John Hancock donates guaranteed entries to select nonprofits, which use these entries to recruit individual runners to raise money for their cause. Last year, John Hancock-sponsored runners raised more than $10.7 million for over 140 organizations.

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island and how you can get involved, visit

About Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish can be a spark that helps a child believe anything is possible. In the face of life-threatening medical conditions, wishes enable children to experience profound joy, renewed strength and resiliency, and lasting hope to keep striving and dreaming for the future. Together with generous supporters and 300+ volunteers, the organization has granted the wishes of more than 9,000 children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island since its founding over 30 years ago, and its vision is to grant the wish of every medically eligible child. For more information and ways to get involved, visit and follow Make-A-Wish Massachusetts Rhode Island at on Facebook, @MakeAWishMARI on Instagram, and @MakeAWishMassRI on Twitter.

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Press Coverage

To grant children’s wishes, Grafton’s Murphy is tackling the Boston Marathon — on crutches.

With a ruptured quad, he can’t run the Boston Marathon, but that won’t stop this Worcester State alum from completing 26.2 miles for charity.

Man Completes Boston Marathon On Crutches To Raise Money For Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Worcester State University graduate runs virtual Boston Marathon for cause, while on crutches.

Grafton man completes virtual Boston Marathon while on crutches.

The William Murphy Scholarship

Awarded to an incoming freshman who is a graduate of Worcester’s North High School and a commuter student with an interest in co-curricular activities. The second preference will be given to an incoming freshman who is a graduate of a Worcester public high school. Candidates should provide a short essay attesting to the need for this grant and their interest in becoming involved in co-curricular activities.

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We wear red on Fridays to honor those who have served and are still serving.

Toys For Tots

We’d like to give a huge thank you to “Santa” Pat Flynn, Flynn Law Title & Escrow. He very generously donated everything seen on this table to Toys for Tots. 
Thank you to everyone who has contributed.

Make A Wish

2006 | 15 Years | $375,000+ Raised | 40+ Wishes Granted for Make-A-Wish
Thank you for your continued support!

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