BENEFITING: Boston Medical Center
ORGANIZER: Boston Medical Center
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Hello everyone! Thanks for taking a look at my fundraising page. I'll start off by giving a little background on why I want to run this race, and then let you know a little about the team I am raising money for and what your donations are going towards. My goal for this fundraiser is $7,500. I will match 1 dollar for every 10 dollars donated for the first $5,000 and will be holding a raffle for a new Kindle HD Fire HDX where a $25.00 donation gets you an entry (IE $100 donation = 4 entries).
As I am sure most of you looking at this page already know, running has been a huge part of my life for the last few years. It has taken me all across the US and to several different countries. There are several lifetime goals I have set for myself in running, and one of those is to run the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is one of the most well known races in the world, as well as one of the oldest, and therefore it is also one of the hardest to secure a spot in. Last year was the anniversary of the marathon bombing and was the largest turnout ever with millions of dollars raised for different charities. I moved here 6 months after the bombing occured, but saw (and still see) the effect it had on the entire running community. In the hours after the attack, the phrase "Boston Strong", written in the colors of the Boston Athletic Association could be seen everywhere you looked, as people showed their support. This was a saying that I did not fully appreciate until moving here and seeing the amount of pride, passion, and love the people of Boston take in their city, their sports, and the marathon. Bostonians are some of the toughest people I've had the pleasure of meeting, and that can be fully seen in the winter when people are doing their training runs in single digit/negative temperatures. All of these things have inspired me to take on the task of raising money for charity to secure a spot for 2015. Running this historic race will surely rank as one of my top running moments, and am proud that I can help out others in the process.
Now for the important stuff: information about the team I am running for and what your donations will be used for.
I originally moved up here to work in an HIV research lab at Boston Medical Center. While my lab has since moved due to my PI taking a faculty position elsewhere, BMC still holds a strong place in my heart. They are an incredible asset to the community and are making a difference in the lives of thousands of people every day. Boston Medical operates day to day with the motto "Exceptional Care, Without Exception." What this means is that Boston Medical Center will give the absolute best treatment they can provide, to whoever needs it, regardless of whether or not the patient can pay for it. The medical center is New England's largest "safety net" hospital, providing care to uninsured and low-income families. They are a full medical center that provides a large array of services from family medicine to specialized surgeries, and is also New England's largest trama hospital. One of my favorite programs BMC has is their food pantry. If a patient has health problems related to their diet a doctor will write that person a prescription to the pantry. The patient can then go there as needed to healthy food for not only them, but their entire family, at no cost. After the bombings in 2013 Boston Medical treated 31 of the victims, and last July opened up the Massachusetts Resiliency Center for those affected by the bombing. The center provides healing to anyone affected by the bombing, not just those injured by the actual blasts. The MRC at Boston Medical gives support physically, mentally, and emotionally to all those who need it, and does it all free of charge. I can say with all honesty that I was never prouder of where I worked than when I worked at BMC. Your donations will go to help provide medical services for anyone that needs it, and will make a difference in countless people's lives. Thanks for taking the time to read my fundraising page, and if you are unable to donate at this time, please share this page with your friends and family!
Boston Medical Center wrote -
26.2 MILES TO A NEW BMC!
For the past 12 years, Boston Medical Center has proudly participated in Boston’s historic Marathon, raising more than $2.16 million for the hospital. In 2014, BMC was fortunate to have our biggest team in history, comprised of 107 runners and led by honorary team captain, actor Kevin Spacey. But the true stars last year were our runners who pounded the pavement, crossed the finish line and helped raise more than $1.1 million, in honor of the victims and marathon survivors of 2013. We are grateful to John Hancock Financial and the Boston Athletic Association for making Team BMC possible and for recognizing the unique role BMC plays in keeping our city strong.
This year, philanthropic efforts from Team BMC will be dedicated to our Building the New BMC campaign which will include construction of a new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department for our region. Boston Medical Center has the busiest Emergency and Trauma Center in New England with 130,000 patients per year—more than two-thirds of Boston’s major trauma cases annually. Understanding that trauma does not discriminate and anyone may need our services in a moment’s time, Team BMC stands committed to ensuring Boston Medical Center remains one of the very best trauma centers in the country. By donating to Team BMC you are showing support for the entire city of Boston.
Thank you for supporting Boston Medical Center in our mission to provide exceptional care, without exception every day!