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Team BIDMC 2017

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EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Randi Schwartz


Hi All,

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma this past year and received a stem cell transplant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center this past August. I can't say enough about the BI medical team. They have been involved in managing my care since the day of my diagnosis and took stellar care of me during my tranplant procedure which entailed a three week inpatient stay. Away from friends and family, this very dedicated and compassionate team ensured my comfort along with world class care. At my weakest and most fragile state, the nurses and doctors at BI took every measure to monitor me closely and to treat me with dignity. I am forever grateful for their dedication and kindness. In an effort to show gratitude and further the efforts of myeloma research towards finding a cure and more effectively managing the disease, I am striving to complete the Boston Marathon to support the work of my doctor, David Avigan. He has developed an immunotherapy vaccine used to target myeloma cells that is currently in clinical trials. He and his team of investigators are training many other sites to implement this procedure which could offer a very promising treatment option for myeloma and blood cancer patients. I have personally witnessed the long hours Dr. Avigan and the doctors at BI devote to both research and patients and am a beneficiary of their committment. I am incredibly fortunate to have received my care at BI and want to make sure that others have that same opportunity. To maintain "state of the art" care and research at BI takes funding. So, I hope I can count on you to support me on this journey as I stretch my limits to complete the Boston Marathon and extend the limits of treatment for all myeloma and blood cancer patients. Thanks in advance for your generosity!



Below, please see all the other areas where Team BIDMC's fund raising efforts benefit:

Team BIDMC is running to support a variety of programs, including Kidney Disease Research, Bowdoin Street Healthy Champions Program, The Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), The Cancer Center, and the Annual Fund. Several of our runners are also supporting our Needham, Milton, Plymouth and Cambridge Health Alliance affiliates. Thank you for your support!

Bowdoin Street Healthy Champions Program

Healthy Champions is an anti-obesity education, fitness and community-building program serving primarily low-income children ages 7-14 with BMI ≥ 85%-95% from the surrounding Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood.  Under supervision of a case manager/fitness coach and our nutritionist, the Healthy Champions learn about the importance of nutrition and healthy foods, food preparation/food access in their neighborhood, and fitness and healthy lifestyles. Perhaps most importantly, Healthy Champions serve as “ambassadors of health” to their families and peers in the community, sharing their knowledge about health and wellness while developing a sense of confidence in their ability to effect healthy changes in themselves and in the wider community. With the recent completion of an on-site Wellness Center at Bowdoin Street Health Center, youth involved in the Healthy Champions program will now be able to engage in additional wellness opportunities, ranging from cooking classes to fitness programming.

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.  

Annual Fund

BIDMC depends on the Annual Fund to fulfill its mission of providing compassionate patient care.

This fund raises unrestricted dollars that can be used immediately for a wide range of needs. They provide a reliable, steady source of funding for the programs that need it most:

Promising research projects, such as cancer genetics investigations

Annual operating costs, such as funding for social worker positions

Career development opportunities for staff, such as continuing education scholarships for nurses

Expansion of clinical spaces, like minimally invasive surgery suites

Academic and teaching programs, such as fellowships for the next generation of physicians in growing service lines

The Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Each year, approximately one in eight babies in the United States is born prematurely, which has a profound impact on newborns and their families. These vulnerable babies often present with complex medical needs, ranging from severe breathing trouble to underdeveloped organs, and require specialized care to give them a healthy start. The Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at BIDMC provides state-of-the-art, family-centered care for about 1,000 high-risk newborns and their families each year.

Cancer Center

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.



The Team: $590,451 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Team Fish

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126% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Michael Firestone

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249% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Team Shapiro

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101% Raised of $18,000 Goal

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Team James

Amount Raised



100% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Nicole Graber

Amount Raised



187% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Dora Tavel-Sanchez Luz

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88% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Anthony Lamendola

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83% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Andrea DiMella

Amount Raised



125% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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