Boston University student Paolo Mauricio likes to rock out on his violin whenever he can.
But now, he is doing it for a reason.
The 19-year-old musician recently posted a video on YouTube to help raise money for the Boston Marathon, which he will be participating in come April.
“I’ll be on the starting line,” he told Metro Thursday.
Mauricio is using his YouTube video to raise $10,000 for the annual race, and in just a few days he has already raised $525.
“I am doing this video to pay it forward to someone named Merta Gamo who helped to raise me as a young child in the Philippines before my parents and I moved to the United States,” he said.
Mauricio said he called Gamo “Nanay,” which is the Filipino word for “mother.”
“She was like a second mother to me,” he said. “She passed away recently due to cancer and I deeply regret not being able to fully say goodbye or thank her for everything she's done for me and my family.”
The video, and participating in the marathon, is his way of saying thanks.
“[I’m] paying it forward for the good that she has done for me,” he said.
To Help Paolo reach his goal
Send donations to:
700 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215