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Dear Alli and Dale , Thank …
Dear Alli and Dale ,

Thank you for the generous support. It really is a privilege to be able to run with the BWH team and to be supported by folks like you. I love that you keep me in the loop with your lives. Thank you.

Sorry I am a bit delayed in responding to your donation.You probably do not know, we have very recently had a major change in our lives. In fact, the fundraising email I sent I did write in Rwanda, but it was sent from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The reason being is that we were informed all of the sudden that the adoption from DRC that we had been working on for over 3 and half years had finally gone through. So, we rapidly left Rwanda, flew to Kinshasa, DRC and are now in our Boston home with our enlarged family – me, Beth, Zachary (age 6) and now Emmanuel (“Manu” – age 5). We are very, very grateful. We hope soon we will be settled enough to send out an announcement.

In the midst of this, still training for the Boston Marathon… Thank you for your ongoing support. It means a great deal to me – thank you deeply for your partnership in this.

All the best,
Hugs,

Robert
1 year ago
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Robert
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Hello wonderful donors to th…
Hello wonderful donors to the BWH Marathon Team,

It has been almost 2 weeks since the Boston Marathon. I wanted to take one last opportunity to say thank you for your very valuable support - and to give you a bit of an update.

The weather on Marathon Monday could not have been more appropriately matched to the training conditions all winter - 44'f, raining, head winds. Epic. An incredible day - the fans and support crew were undeterred by the conditions. The BWH support team did a terrific job of encouraging and optimizing the conditions before the race start. A great sense of solidarity.

For those who are wondering - my finishing time was 3:34. Last year was 3:58. I was shooting (aspirationally) for 3:15, qualifying for my age group... so, I have closed the gap by more than half. Perhaps next year we'll get it. (Yes,this marathon and this team is a habit-forming experience).

A couple days after the marathon, I flew to London for the launch of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. The report (entitled "Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare and economic development") and all the efforts around it, represent a major step forward in the work to create access to safe, affordable and timely surgical and anesthesia care for all people. It is exciting and a privilege to be at an institution that supports such global work. If you are interested in perusing the Commission outputs, the following website has all the links.

http://www.globalsurgery.info/

Thank you again for supporting me and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Enjoy the Spring!
Robert


2 years ago
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Robert
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A quick warm enthusiastic th…
A quick warm enthusiastic thank you!! ...to all 85 of my wonderful supporters. We are on the bus to Hopkinton, to get this race going. It is cold and raining in Boston – how incredibly appropriate. Thank you to all of you for making this day a reality for me, and for your support to Brigham and Women's Hospital and all the life.giving.breakthroughs that it provides.

All the best,
Robert
2 years ago
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Robert
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Dear Alli and Dale, Hello f…
Dear Alli and Dale,

Hello friends. Thank you for your very generous contribution. You guys are over the top!

It's been a heck of a winter to be training in - goes without saying - what with the 5'f temperatures and the 5ft of snow on the side of the road. But it's been also really great - the camaraderie with the other BWH team runners, and the sense of support from so many folks. I am very grateful for the sense of representing in some small way such a wide breadth of folks, folks like you guys. So thank you, a ton.

I hope this last week has allowed you to get out and enjoy a bit of warmth and sunshine. We are enjoying watching the giant ice and snow mounds receding away... I saw grass in my yard on Thursday! =)

Warm regards. I hope you are both very well,
Robert
2 years ago
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Robert
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Dear friends and family, Gr…
Dear friends and family,

Greetings from Boston, one week after the Boston Marathon 2014. What an amazing day! The vibe was palpable from pre-start to post-finish. It was an incredible celebration, that I was privileged to be a part of – thanks to all of you because of your support.

I had the pleasure of running with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Marathon team. I also had the very personal privilege of running the first 24 miles with people that inspire me:
- my “uncle” Joe Welty (5-time Boston Marathoner, and award-winning family physician from Illinois)
- John Scott (BWH global surgery resident who will be working in Rwanda with me next year)
- Kirstin Scott (John’s wife, ultramarathoner, on her second marathon of the day to honor last year’s victims)
- Mike VanRooyen (emergency medicine colleague, and director of the Harvard Humanitarian Institute)
- and a cameo appearance by Rebecca Weintraub (old friend, and director of the Global Health Delivery Project) at mile 23.
The last 2.2 miles I ran by myself, though there were ten of thousands of intensely supportive fans all about. Still, not nearly as fun… that was the real test of endurance for me. And thanks to all the folks above, I made my finish time goal of just under 4 hours.

Next, I was inspired by the ubiquitous Boston fans, who overflowed with energy, humor, pride, and frankly just plain love of their city and towns. There were many throughout the course from the Brigham family. And my own family (Beth, Zachary, sister Gaby, and aunt Jean) was awesome, braving the hoards with a 4 year old. We finally found an entity with more energy than our son Zachary – the entire Boston Marathon crowd! The entire event was marvelously well organized, and visibly secure. It was celebration of resiliency, of the perseverance of the human spirit, and clearly was also a major step in healing. Let it also have been a celebration of solidarity with people for whom the insecurity we felt last year is a daily reality.

So, once again, thank you. Thank you for supporting Brigham and Women's Hospital, the institution that has allowed us to engage in the effort to pursue and create equity in health care for the destitute sick and injured. Thank you to each of you for the financial and moral support for me – for the love, the faith, and the joy.

Yours sincerely,
Robert

PS – I think I might be hooked on this… perhaps you should expect an email from me in about 10 months about the 2015 Boston Marathon…
3 years ago
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Robert
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Alli & Dale! Wow, thank you…
Alli & Dale!

Wow, thank you for this kind and generous support of the Marathon effort! ! I've felt very supported by a wide range of folks. It's been fun to connect with people from different parts of my life, even if briefly, this way.

We returned to Boston from Rwanda last week. It is nice to be back (even if life is a bit more hectic on this side). We were in Rwanda this time for 6 weeks. Training on that side was pretty interesting. Let me just say that going from running in 20' weather, at sea level and flat, to running in 85' weather, at 5000 feet, and up and down hills and mountains was quite a change…. ;-)

Beth was working on a research project with the Rwandan ICU docs (looking at incidence/prevalence of hypoxia/ ARDS [low blood oxygen levels and lung inflammation]), which went remarkably, though not surprisingly, well. Zachary enjoyed his school in Kigali (especially the "big, yellow school bus" which brought him home everyday). I wore a few programmatic hats (alphabet soup - HRH/PIH/ GHE/ BWH CSPH /etc), and made sure Zachary got to and from school. Despite the intensity, we did see each other more as a family there, which was really nice.

Race day is in a week, tomorrow many memorial activities.

Hope all is well with you! Hope you have a deeply meaningful week and that the newness of Spring revives and renews you guys. Again, thank you for the very kind support.

Warmly,

Robert
3 years ago
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