My name is Ryan Weston and this is my second year running for the MGH Emergency Fund team in memory of Eileen McGuirk and in honor of the victims and caregivers of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Although two separate causes, both stories illustrate how a positive attitude can truly change the lives of others.
I met Eileen while playing hockey alongside her son, Brian McGuirk, at Boston University. Throughout our four seasons, I always looked forward to Eileen’s post-game presence in the friends and family lounge at Agginis Arena. Win, lose or draw, her positivity always put things back in perspective of what was really important; not just in sports, but also in life. Even when Eileen fell victim to cancer in 2012, her positive attitude never wavered. Her outlook has helped shape the man I am today.
Just as Eileen possessed a strong positive attitude, so did the caregivers of last year’s Boston Marathon Bombing- an event that hit home for me as a Bostonian myself. When tragedy struck, it was overwhelming to witness how many people stepped up to the challenge with a positive attitude to help take care of others in need. The mentality of these caregivers directly impacted the lives of those affected by the event and their strong efforts resounded around the globe. Because of this, I am extremely excited that the money raised for my team will benefit social services for victims and families of disasters, such as the Boston Marathon Bombing, as well as emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness training.
I greatly appreciate all of the support in my efforts to raise money for the MGH Emergency Fund Team. When I cross the finish line this April I will be thinking of Eileen, the victims and caregivers of last year’s marathon, and how positive attitude can make all the difference in the lives of others and your own.