Less than 30 Days to go!
March 19, 2017
I am happy to announce that I am running the Boston Marathon on April 17th, 2017 in memory of my father, Duke Webb, raising money for the Beth Israel Kidney Disease Research foundation. It has been a lifelong goal to run Boston, from watching friends and family cross the finish line to hanging out of our BU campus apartment window with a red solo cup of “water” cheering for all the runners on Marathon Monday, to even taking care of marathon runner's at the Newton-Wellesley ER.
Here is a rather personal story on what BIMDC and the Boston Marathon means to me:
When I was in middle school, my father had his first heart attack. It wasn’t long after this episode that my father’s kidneys began to fail. My dad had to go on permanent dialysis and lost complete kidney function. My family braced for the worst. From the words of my father’s doctor: “You’ll be lucky to see your father at your high school graduation.”
My family searched for a miracle, which we quickly found at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Lecker, Dr. Chang, and Dr. Gonzalez were our saving grace. They walked us through every step that we would need to keep my father healthy, even gave my family their personal phone and emails to contact at anytime. After major surgeries, hundreds of hospital stays, hours upon hours of dialysis, quintuple bypass surgery, and a successful kidney transplant, I am happy to say my father was present at my COLLEGE graduation.
He watched with excitement as I crossed the stage at Boston University, grabbing my diploma with eagerness. He held Baby Sean (his mini clone) in his arms after my sister Patty gave birth to the first Webb grandchild. He whisked my sister, Jessica, around the dance floor at her wedding on Martha’s Vineyard. He constantly bragged about our incredibly talented and successful sister Kim, crushing the LA fashion market with her campaigns. He was my mother’s business partner and constant companion.
These memories are brought to you by the incredible staff at Beth Israel, a place which quickly became “our home away from home” for many years. Long nights, weekends, holidays and anniversaries spent at the “BI Hotel”, as we affectionately called it, with the nursing staff, PAs, NPs, Physicians - a crew that inspired me to become a Physician Assistant. That inspiration helped me get to where I am today, trudging through my last year of a Physician Assistant Masters program.
Four years ago, on Halloween of all holidays (a diabetic’s dream), my family lost my father to his long health battle with kidney disease, but we continue to remember him everyday.
2017 will be the 5th anniversary of his passing and I am running the Boston Marathon in my father’s memory to raise money for the organization that allowed years of memories and stories that will last a lifetime. I plan to raise over $8,000 for the Beth Israel Deaconess Kidney Disease Research Foundation to allow other families the same support, care, and treatment my father was so graciously given.
Please join me in donating to a cause that allowed you and I to share memories with Duke and with the rest of the Webb clan. Every year I would joke to my father: “This is the year I’m going to run Boston, just you wait dad!” His response was always one in full support. “Well, I’ll be waiting at the finish line.” He was at the finish line with open arms when my sister Patty ran in 2002. I know he will be there when I cross the line on April 17th, 2017.
Any donation will be appreciated. There is not donation too little or too big. If you are unsure, consider donating $26.20 – a dollar for every mile I will run. Each mile filled with a memory I shared with an amazing, supportive, strong man who fought until the very end.
Love you to the moon and back daddy. See you at the finish line.
For more ways to donate:
1. Checks made payable to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center or BIDMC with “Emily Webb/ Boston Marathon 2017” in the memo line. Mailed to Emily Webb 81 Pinehurst st. Boston, MA 02131.
2. You can also VENMO @ewebb4 with the headline Boston Marathon donation and I will compile donations to submit to BIDMC.
For more on the Beth Israel Kidney Disease Research:
The Renal Division Research Team has identified a reason for the high rate of kidney disease in people of African descent. Kidney disease is five times more likely to affect African Americans than other groups of people, and the team is actively working to alleviate this epidemic. This is a major public health problem and this research, which may lead to major advances in treatment, is unique to BIDMC. Dialysis is not a cure. Fewer than 40 percent of dialysis patients live more than five years. Rates of kidney failure are increasing and the cost to treat those patients continues to rise each year. In 2009, $42.5 billion was spent to provide care to those with kidney failure. Over the next three to five years, the Renal Division Research Team aims to use their findings to better understand, prevent, and treat kidney disease in African Americans. They plan to develop a multifaceted approach to solving this problem that will be highly visible and have a large impact on the lives of individuals and their families.