Boston Strong from Hopkinton to the Boylston St. finish line...but I need your help!
Only recently I began running seriously. In 2013, I successfully completed the B.A.A. 5K, 10K, and half marathon with self-guided training. The upcoming 118th Boston Marathon will be my first...
I set out with a goal in 2013 to try to train for the 2014 Boston Marathon. On the day of the bombing, I personally felt defeated as a novice runner and a Bostonian. I had just run the B.A.A. 5K the day before the bombing; I ran past the target bomb sites, my feet touched that finish line, my family was cheering for me at the finish line near the flags that were torn to shreds by the blast the next day. All those thoughts, those images, had to be put aside 48hrs later because I was assigned as the nurse to care for one of the most critically injured bombing survivors at MGH.
I was not working on the day of the marathon, but our unit was significantly impacted by the events of that day. In the early evening hours of April 15th, victims of the bombing were being admitted to our floor after hours of surgery, so critically injured. Never would I have thought that 48hrs after this tragedy that I would be experiencing one of the worst and best moments of my life as a nurse. My role as an ICU nurse at MGH brought me into this tragedy. I had the honor of taking care of the most remarkable patient and his family for the duration of their stay in our ICU. I learned from him what it meant to be resilient and strong when faced with the unimaginable, and the unknown.
Since the bombing I have been working hard on trying to cope with what I experienced. The images from that day remain vivid in my mind. My patient’s injuries, the anger and sadness that his family experienced, the fact that there are families grieving for the loss of their loved one from a senseless tragedy; these are all the things that I remember every day and at times, these memories can be so powerful that it feels like April all over again. I still avoid conversations about that day; I have seen the aftermath of human terror and it’s indescribable.
My running has now become part of my coping. Each time I run, I think of the bravery of the runners and first responders on that day, including my unit and the amazing team of nurses and doctors that came together that day to protect the injured. I think about the survivors of this tragedy and their resilience, particularly my patient and his family. It continues to push me harder in my training because I want to do this for them; to honor all those impacted on April 15th.
To run the Boston Marathon has been a "goal" of mine for years, but it was just a thought. Now, its no longer a thought, its a necessity. I have a deeper, more personal reason for running that goes beyond me. I’m running for Team Red Cross to help raise money and support this organization that has been such a presence in the face of tragedy. I’m running for my patient’s family because their strength has given me the motivation to never give up. But most of all, I’m running for him because he may never be able to run again.
Your generous donation will go to the Red Cross but will have meaning far beyond that.
We are Boston Strong.
On April 21, 2014, Team Red Cross will run 26.2 miles to raise funds to continue our mission to alleviate human suffering in the face of disaster. We will run for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath. And we will finish, Boston Strong.
Funds raised by Team Red Cross 2014 participants will benefit American Red Cross of Massachusetts programs and services.
The American Red Cross - Keeping Boston Strong
Boston was forever changed on April 15, 2013. Within minutes of the Boston Marathon bombing, the American Red Cross responded by helping runners, visitors, spectators and first responders navigate the chaos. In the days, weeks and months to follow, the American Red Cross provided food, shelter, financial support, and mental health services to those affected, from victims and family members to first responders and community members. The American Red Cross remains committed to keeping Boston strong and resilient. For more information about the American Red Cross response, visit http://www.redcross.org/ma/boston/boston-marathon-2013.