I am running for Spaulding because I can. Being at the Mandarin on Marathon Monday this past year across from the second bomb with my husband about to cross the finish line and my parents at the finish line there is no place I'd rather be this year than running the race. I've run 5 marathons and I run them because I can. I run for those that cannot and what better way to use my personal talents than to raise money for Spaulding.
The events of this past Marathon Monday have effected me in so many ways. Being at the Mandarin trying to account for everyone, being a marathon runner knowing how those that did not finish feel, and being a member of the Development staff at Spaulding raising money for those that we treated have all had a lasting effect on me both personally and professionally.
I love that everyday as my job I am able to help patients "Find their strength".
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital wrote -
Running for a Purpose: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to once again partner with John Hancock as part of their non-profit marathon program. Over the past two years, 47 members of the Race for Rehab Team raised over $300,000 to support Spaulding's Annual Fund, dedicated to providing support to the hospital's most pressing needs including: patient care, teaching, research and capital improvements. For the past 8 years, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital has successfully recruited more than 100 individuals to run the Boston Marathon in support of the hospital, and has raised almost a million dollars.
We are so thankful for the hard work and dedication of all of our runners, as well as the friends and family members who support them.
The 2014 marathon will surely be an emotional and history-making event in Boston. Spaulding's 2014 team will be dedicated to all those that were impacted by the tragic events.
Spaulding’s new facility in the Charlestown Navy Yard opened two weeks following the Marathon bombing serving 32 inpatients, including 15 who endured amputations and would need to learn how to walk on prosthetic limbs. Spaulding’s mantra, Find Your Strength, has never been more appropriate. Spaulding was there to help the survivors find their strength, and will be there for every patient who needs us in the future.