Thank you for visiting my Team Boston Medical Center fundraising page—I appreciate your interest, your time, and your generosity.
The Boston Marathon has long been known as a celebration of the human spirit, of personal challenge and triumph, and above all else, a celebration of community. On Monday, April 21, I will be running my 6th Boston Marathon. I am incredibly excited, proud, and honored to be running this year as a representative for two organizations that are pillars of the Boston community. The first is the Boston Athletic Association, the athletic club that has hosted the marathon for the past 118 years, and the team for which I race semi-competitively. The second, and the MOST dear to my heart, is Boston Medical Center, the institution where I have trained as a medical student for the past 4 years.
On Monday, April 15, 2013, when Boston experienced one of its darkest hours, Boston Medical Center’s Emergency Department rose to the occasion to care for the injured and to support their loved ones. On that Marathon Monday morning, although I was time-qualified and registered for the race, I chose not to run that day in favor of my clinical duties on my surgical rotation at Boston Medical Center (BMC). This decision led me to a previously unimaginable role as a member of a surgical team that together was faced with the immense responsibility of healing those wounded on Boylston Street and supporting these brave individuals in their recovery. In the wake of such a shocking tragedy, I saw firsthand the incredible heroism of the BMC community—from ER physicians triaging the wounded, to surgeons performing life-saving operations, to house staff, medical students, nurses, and PT/OT specialists helping patients regain the strength they needed to recover and rebuild their lives.
With the whole world watching, the character of BMC was revealed. BMC’s Emergency Medicine and Surgery Departments proved why BMC is known for exceptional emergency care. But, the truth is, over my past 4 years of training, I have seen that BMC provides exceptional care, without exception every single day. On any ordinary day at BMC, patients are cared for with the same level of skill, compassion and humanity. Our Emergency Department sees more than 10,000 patients every month, making it the busiest in the city by far. Moreover, we are New England's largest safety-net hospital, meaning that we are committed to providing care to low income and vulnerable populations who otherwise might not have access to care.
This year, Team BMC is comprised of almost 100 runners, including many BMC medical personnel. We are dedicated to raising funds to support much needed improvements and expansion to our Emergency Department. Together, our team is working to make a difference in the lives of those in need of emergency care.
In Boston, Marathon Monday 2014 will be a bittersweet day for us all. It will be a day of remembrance and of tribute. We will run to honor the memory of those lost in the 2013 attacks and the heroism of the first responders and law enforcement officials involved in the wake of the tragedy. We will run to celebrate the awe-inspiring resilience of those that were injured, along with their families, and the fortitude of the City of Boston as a whole.
Again, I want to extend my most sincere thanks for your time in visiting my Team BMC fundraising page. I am fortunate to be a time-qualified runner, so I have no fundraising minimum for race participation and thus I am asking for your support in this endeavor simply as a way to benefit a much-deserving cause. I have set a personal fundraising goal of $2,620 ($100 for every mile run!) and any contribution, no matter how big or how small, is a meaningful sign of support and is truly appreciated.
With miles of gratitude and pride in our #BostonStrong community,
Hear my story on Radio Rounds Podcast: http://radiorounds.org/boston-strong-medical-students-care-for-bombing-victims/