This past June, I was admitted to Tufts Medical Center when I was 25-weeks pregnant with severe preeclampsia. After spending seven weeks in the hospital with my 3-year-old daughter Caroline and husband Kevin at home, I ended up delivering my daughter Cailin at 33 weeks. Cailin weighed 2 pounds 13 ounces and required the services and amazing care of the NICU at Floating Hospital. My thought is after all that was given to me and my family, the least I can do is help raise funds by running the Boston Marathon.
I will be running the 2012 Boston Marathon in support of the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation. After spending 2 months in the hospital and then having Cailin spend time in the NICU at Floating Hospital running 26.2 miles will be my way of giving back to all of those that supported us. As I run the marathon my thoughts will be with all those who have benefited from the Floating Hospital's care and to those who will need it in the future.
Founded after former Boston Bruin Ace Bailey died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation raises money to benefit the Floating Hospital for Children in Boston. Currently the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation is raising funds to bring branches of “Ace’s Place” play centers to the Tufts Medical Center’s Pediatric Emergency Department. The two new “Ace’s Place” facilities will provide spaces for children to play during visits to the emergency department.