I am doing it again!
After a successful run and fundraising effort last year in which I qualified, I could not pass up the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon again. There is no race quite like it and it does combine my love of running with my love of Boston in such a joyous way.
That being said, I have always considered running to be a somewhat selfish activity, in that while it gives me enormous pleasure, it does not necessarily do much for anyone else and often takes me away from others. Running last year on behalf of a beloved charity made the run that much more meaningful and gratifying. Therefore, I decided to once again run in support of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a hospital that has played a major role in my education and training and does so much to not only care for the sick and injured, but to train future medical professionals like myself.
I look forward to running through my home town in April in support of a great cause and I would greatly appreciate any and all support in this effort. I will be running on behalf of the annual fund, which is described in detail below. Thanks for your support!!!
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.
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.