LANSING, MI – The Michigan State Police (MSP) is proud to announce that Insp. Matt Bolger will run in the world-renowned TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5. The marathon is the largest in the world and touches each of New York City’s five boroughs, which will be lined with more than one million supporters during race time.
Bolger was selected as one of seven runners to participate on behalf of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (TS Alliance) to raise funds and increase awareness of a rare genetic disease called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Affecting approximately 50,000 people in the United States, TSC causes tumors to form in vital organs and is the leading genetic cause of both autism and epilepsy. There is no cure.
Bolger’s 17-year-old daughter Rachel was diagnosed with TSC when she was four months old, and had her first brain surgery when she was only one year old.
“Rachel lives with epilepsy, daily seizures and intellectual disabilities, but pushes on,” said Bolger. “She amazes and inspires all of us. Despite the daily challenges she faces, Rachel ran track for St. Johns High School last year and looks forward to another fun season in the spring.”
Bolger is an avid runner and hopes to finish the marathon in under four hours, which is less time than Rachel has spent suffering through seizures in just the past three weeks.
Bolger enlisted with the department in 1995 and is a graduate of the 112th Trooper Recruit School. He has served at the Paw Paw and Flint posts as well as in the Executive Resource Section, the Office of the Director and as the Assistant Division Commander for the Special Operations Division and Intelligence Operations Division. He currently serves as the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer and labor relations manager for all enlisted personnel. In 2017, he was appointed to the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council.