This year I am running in my first ever marathon, and I am so excited that it is the BOSTON MARATHON! I have been running (off and on) since I was a teenager, and have run in a couple of road races over the years including a half marathon. I have always enjoyed running and I like the motivation that comes with the commitment of a road race; but, truthfully, running a marathon has never been a goal of mine. That being said…when I received an email at work saying that they were accepting applications for the MGH Emergency Response Fund marathon team, it only took me a matter of seconds to decide that I would apply for a spot.
I have worked at MGH as a Registered Nurse for the past 5 ½ years, and for the past 2 ½ years I have worked in the Blake 12 Surgical Intensive Care Unit. I work with an exceptional group of doctors and nurses who are the definition of strength, compassion, and teamwork. On Monday, April 15, 2013, that strength, compassion, and teamwork was tested by the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon. Working the 12 hour night shift on that day was completely surreal, and the emotions felt will stay with me the rest of my life. I witnessed the immeasurable pain and grief brought on by an act of terror, and saw firsthand the impact the bombing had on the victims and their families. This is the reason it took me only seconds to know that I wanted very much to be a part of the 2014 Boston Marathon.
I am proud to be running the marathon in support of the MGH Emergency Response Fund. It is both therapeutic and empowering to be a part of something so influential. I have a long way to go in respect to both training miles and meeting my fundraising goal of $5,000, but I am planning to embrace and conquer all of the challenges that the next few months will bring.
I would be grateful for any contribution made to this cause on my behalf, no matter the amount. Every donation is appreciated. I want to thank my friends and family in advance for your encouragement and support. May we all be Boston Strong come April 21!
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote -
Thanks to the Boston Athletic Association, Massachusetts General Hospital received 40 entries into the 2014 Boston Marathon in recognition of our staff’s work following the tragic events at the 2013 marathon.
Mass General is honored to have contributed to the healing of the victims of the marathon bombings, their families and our community. We remain extremely proud of the compassion, diligence and professionalism our exceptional caregivers demonstrated.
The enormity of the marathon bombing tested their skills and resilience. The future of dozens of badly wounded patients and their traumatized families were in their hands. Moreover, this attack occurred at one of Boston’s most storied events. The caregivers themselves were shaken. Some struggled to save lives that afternoon fearing that the next patient who came through the doors might be someone they knew.
Of the 39 victims treated at Mass General, the most gravely wounded suffered from traumatic amputations, severe blood loss and third-degree burns.
In the tragedy’s wake, we began to raise funds to support the MGH Emergency Response Fund. It provides social services for victims and families of disasters, as well as emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness training.