Welcome to my 2014 Boston Marathon fundraising campaign!
I am tremendously honored to have been selected as a runner for the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Emergency Response Fund Team. As a scientist at MGH/HMS and a firefighter, I could not imagine a campaign with greater purpose that so fully encompasses what I feel passionate about!
On April 15 2013, as thousands of marathoners poured over the finish line, I was on a lab errand in downtown Boston. As the bombs exploded, I proceeded to the medical tent area at Copley Square, where, by the time I got there, the most severely injured had already been transported to MGH and other Boston hospitals. So, I helped where I could with the triage and emergency care for the incoming victims. While it was a horrible and tragic day, the dedication and selfless work of the first responders and volunteers that I witnessed will stay with me forever. It was a majestic showing of the human spirit! At the time of greatest adversity, in the chaos and aftermath of explosions, people rose to the challenge and displayed the best of humanity. Strangers helping strangers, random acts of kindness, random acts of love. I am immensely honored to have shared the company of such people at such a time.
Being able to run the 118th Boston Marathon for the MGH Emergency Response Fund Team is a great priviledge. So, every mile I run in training and on April 21 will be to remember and honor
- The victims, their families, and their resilience in recovery.
- The first responders and volunteers who leapt into action before the smoke cleared.
- The emergency responders everywhere, who run into chaos while others run out of it.
- The city of Boston and its people who displayed the best of who we can be in the worst of times. The city I am proud to call home.
The funds we raise will be used to provide social services for victims and families of disasters, emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness training at MGH. Please help me raise at least $8,000 for this worthy goal.
Stay strong, and Bost-On! Thank you for help!
Check out MGH video acount of April 15 events, photos of my training, races, and my family of firefighters. Video password: "MGH2013"
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL:
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.