Hello friends and family,
After a seven year hiatus, I will be running the 2017 Boston Marathon this April 17th. My decision to lace up again was very personal: I want to celebrate not only a milestone birthday (you can guess which one... but I'll be ok if you say it is 35 again), but more importantly I want to help support a quiet hero in my life that you may not know my connection to - the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center ("BIDMC").
The past 7 years since my last run have been amazing: my wedding, the birth of my two wonderful children, and several exciting career and personal leaps. And Boston was the backdrop for it all. It was during these past 7 years that I have come to realize an immense luxury that I had been taking for granted: living with the best medical care in the world, right in our back yard. While I understood that people come from around the globe to Boston when their worst medical fears come true, the true gravity of this fact never really sank in.
In my case, I was lucky enough to have both children born at BIDMC. And in both cases, I was overwhelmed by the professionalism and support of the kind and nurturing BIDMC staff. However, with Owen's birth, I experienced first hand what it meant to be life-saving minutes away from the best care on earth, when Owen arrived two weeks early and turned a peaceful afternoon into a medical emergency. I had never before felt the fear that comes when life takes a sharp turn like that in seconds, when all might be lost - but through it all we were never alone - the NICU staff swooped in like a team of masked superheroes, the nurses were all powerhouses of confidence and efficiency, and at every step my husband reminded me "we are in the best city in the world, and in the best NICU in the world, with the best doctors in the world... and they are going to make everything OK". And they did... Owen was handed to me healthy and strong - and my day went straight from abject terror to tears of elated joy - all thanks to these anonymous neighbors that I had never really appreciated. And most amazing of all: as we were wheeled to recovery they likely turned around and did it again for another terrified mother. And then did it again. And again. And again. Saving the lives of people from around the world, or from right next door.
So this 2017 marathon, I am returning to the 26.2 miles to shout my thanks to BIDMC, because I never want to forget what it means to have the best care in the world right here in Boston. I am hoping you will help by supporting their Annual Fund, which directly feeds the exciting research, social work, education scholarships for nurses, and fellowship programs that help make BIDMC top in the world, and part of what makes Boston so great to call home.