BENEFITING: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
ORGANIZER: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
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Thank you for stumbling across my Crowdrise fundraising page! My name is Brian Simons, and I am beyond excited to be participating in the 2015 Boston Marathon as a member of the Spaulding Race for Rehab Team.
You might be wondering: Why am I running the 2015 Boston Marathon on this team? Why am I running it at all (IT IS CRAZY!!!)? Well, there are a lot of reasons that I am running:
First and foremost, I am running the Marathon for those who can't. I am a Physical Therapist by trade, working full-time at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington MA, and per diem at Spaulding North End Nursing and Therapy Center in Boston's historic neighborhood. Day in and day out, I see the tremendous effort patients and their loved ones put into achieving their goals with the help of my rehab colleagues. From reducing pain, to learning to walk again, to being capable of feeding themselves and more, all of these goals are a real struggle that takes time and training to achieve. I want to use my training for the marathon as a means to show my current and future patients that perseverance and diligence pay off. All of my hard work, training, and fundraising will go towards patient care, teaching, research, and capital improvements at one of the best inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the world: Spaulding Hospital. (Fun fact: it is the official rehab hospital of the New England Patriots!)
Second, I am running to achieve a personal goal. I am LEARNING to like/love running. I have had the Boston Marathon on my bucket list since high school when my class volunteered at a medical tent at the 23ish mile mark. I was inspired by the racers in wheelchairs, as well as those who flew by standing up. Training for this task will push me physically and mentally, and maybe even help me become healthier in the process. It will be tough, but with your encouragement and support, I know I can do it!
Third and Finally, I am running to show support for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013.
Head on over to my training blog for updates on what I am up to!
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. In 2014, our Race for Rehab team members raised over $775,000 to support Spaulding - providing advancements to patient care, teaching, research and capital improvements. For the past 9 years, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital has recruited more than 200 individuals, who have raised 2 million dollars in support of the hospital.
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.
Spaulding's 2014 team, the largest team in Spaulding's history, was dedicated to all those that were impacted by the tragic events of the 2013 Boston Marathon. 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.