Dear Friends and Family,
I am excited to announce that I will be running the Boston Marathon on April 17, 2017 in support of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). BIDMC is an official charity of the Boston Marathon, a race I've always wanted to officially run -- but until now I haven't been able to muster enough courage and conviction to make it happen.
Some quick background: I unofficially completed the Boston Marathon 15 years ago (my one and only attempt to run a marathon), and for a variety of reasons (incomplete training, poor running strategy, dehydration, etc.) this resulted in the most physically miserable experience of my life -- to the point where I told my wife I would never again run a marathon. However, for reasons summarized below, I decided to apply for a coveted spot on Team BIDMC and was thrilled to have just been invited onto the team to raise money specifically for the BIDMC Cancer Center.
BIDMC is a special place for my family and became even more familiar to us this past year: our youngest was born there in March (our third child to enter the world at BIDMC), and my wife recently had a surgery and received excellent care there. We are so fortunate to have such high quality facilities and teams of clinicians and staff so close to us. The people at BIDMC are exceptional.
Each one of us has unfortunately been affected by cancer. As the last days of 2016 wrap up, I reflect on how in this past year alone: several longtime family friends passed after battling this disease; one of my closest friends was just diagnosed last month; another friend thankfully went into remission; another friend is beginning a difficult road to recovery after complications from his therapy; and I personally experienced the fear associated with awaiting biopsy results for an immediate family member. This is just a very small sampling I've tasted in the past months of how this disease in its various forms can bring so much anxiety and sadness. Everyone has their own personal stories to recall, their own loved one(s) going through (or who went through) challenging and/or excruciating moments.
I am grateful to have this opportunity to raise money for the important work being done at BIDMC's Cancer Center (more info below). I am energized to train for and persevere through the 26.2 mile course, because I know that I am doing this for family and friends who are fighting or have fought through far greater obstacles and suffering -- as well as for critical research and compassionate care being delivered day after day.
If you feel so inclined, any and all donations to help me reach my goal are greatly appreciated!
Thank you for your support,
The Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is proud of its most gifted physicians and medical researchers who have made cancer treatment their life's work. Together with the outstanding nurses and staff, these dedicated professionals form a team that is committed to breakthrough treatments delivered with kindness and respect.
The Cancer Center at BIDMC is integral to one of Harvard Medical School's major teaching and research institutions. At BIDMC, scientists and doctors have made many discoveries that have led to greater understanding of cancer mechanisms resulting in improved and innovative cancer care. And because we have always understood the physical and emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis, our specialists take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions and develop unique support systems. Together, we can help you make the best decisions about your care and deliver treatment with unparalleled compassion.
As a Harvard teaching hospital, we are renowned for our leading-edge cancer care and for our pioneering discoveries that have led to unique cancer treatment strategies. We have made great strides in curing some cancers and managing many others. We know that success is measured one patient at a time. That genuine warmth and compassion can make a huge difference in a patient's outcome. We respect the dignity, values, needs and opinions of each person we are privileged to treat.