Swampscott Middle School math teacher Jess Kochman is running the Boston Marathon this year to benefit the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Kochman, who will run a marathon for the first time, has a direct understanding of the importance of eye research.
That's because her running partner, Harvard Law School student Kristin Fleschner, is blind. Fleschner lost her vision about three years ago. Kochman has helped Fleschner train for multiple marathons, including Boston. That relationship, in turn, has helped Kochman transition from someone who had never run before into a marathoner herself.
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