I can't believe that I am going to run the Boston Marathon! Let's be real, this will be a struggle for me. I ran as a bandit (an unofficial runner in the days when this was still possible)in 1995 when I was 26 and promised myself I would never do it again--the rumor about hitting the wall is true and seemed to me to be much worse than it sounded! Add to this that I am about 10 lbs heavier, and let's admit it, I never had a marathoner's physique! Throw in the full thickness cartilage defects in my knee (albeit surgically repaired) and a busy schedule, and this will not be easy. Don't be deceived by the triathlons I like to do (Olympic and sprint distances). Prior to accepting this challenge a few weeks ago, I had not run more than 7 miles at one time in over a decade.
Now compare my struggle with what our patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth are going through every day and you shoud not even be hearing a peep out of me. If I could share with you their stories, you would feel pain, sadness, anxiety, hope, and resiliency. Truly, raising money with their stories would be so much easier...
Anyway, I can't share their stories with you due to privacy issues. So let's use symbolism. I will share with you my struggle to get this done, and it will be done 100% in solidarity for our patients at BID Plymouth. When you support me, you support them.
I pledge to complete this race and to give it my best. Please consider contributing to this endeavor in support of our patients at BID Plymouth.
WE ARE IN THIS STRUGLE TOGETHER.