WOOHOO Almost there!!!!!
March 21, 2017
BENEFITING: Boston Medical Center
ORGANIZER: Boston Medical Center
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I am super excited and honored to announce that I am going to be running the 2017 Boston Marathon...for a second time! I am also proud to be running with the Boston Medical Center Team. Boston Medical Center is a pinnacle for top quality health care in Boston. They are the biggest and busiest level 1 trauma unit in New England and most importantly provide much needed care to the underserved and underprivileged population. Their promise is to "Give Exceptional Care; Without Exception" and they have been keeping this promise to the Boston community for over 100 years. The staff at BMC are some of the best I have ever had the pleasure to work with. They are dedicated to helping the community, even while working under the most stressful situations and in a hospital that lacks the funding of resources other Boston area hospitals take for granted.
Running in my first Boston Marathon I was terrified. I had never run more than a 5K before. I kept wondering "What are you thinking?"!!!! I had worked the day of the Boston Marathon for years. Being from Boston you knew it was always a huge day of celebration. You would see these amazing athletes come into the ER depleted, they would get some IV fluids and some chips and off they'd go again. It was amazing. I worked in 2013 and I remember the terror I felt when I was driving to the city for work that day, knowing that there had been a bombing and the rumors of another. I remember the devastation and fear that I felt for my loved ones, my city, my coworkers. Taking care of victims and their families and the feeling of being unsafe was traumatic. Then being on lockdown at work and having military personnel at all doors for days while the city looked for those responsible was difficult.
I then remember how the city came together. How the whole community supported one another. How the patients at the hospitals were not only surviving but thriving. The city and everyone who calls it home, would not stay down. I remember the resilience. And so I took the cities grit in stride and I decided I was going to run the next year. So I trained and I trained...and I trained.
I ran my first Boston Marathon to remove the pain and fear caused by the events of the bombing and replace them with memories of love and positivity. Running the Boston Marathon was cathartic for me. There were people of all ages cheering every step of the way. Every homemade sign, high five, every glass of water, cool paper towel, Swedish Fish or cookie that was handed to me rejuvenated me. Every person who cheered me on was integral in the positive experience. Being able to run the Boston Marathon changed my life. It changed it for the better. There was no better therapy and no better experience. It was the hardest thing physically I have ever done, but it was also the most rewarding. I am honored to do it again.
This year, philanthropic efforts from Team BMC will be dedicated to the hospital’s Building the New BMC campaign which will include the construction of a new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department for the region. Boston Medical is the busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in the region, with more than 130,000 emergency visits and more than 2,000 trauma admissions per year.
For many of our patients, the ER at BMC not only addresses acute medical issues, it serves as their primary care clinic where they seek treatment for everything from sore throats to heart attacks and stroke. But when more severe problems arise, our Trauma Center is always prepared. In the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, BMC Trauma responded immediately to eight patients’ life-threatening injuries and cared for 28 victims in total—all of whom survived. They were ready, because as Boston’s hospital for so many of the region’s most serious trauma cases, it’s the kind of work they do every day.
I need all of your help in crossing the finish line on April 17th. My fundraising goal is $5,000 by race day. Through the generosity of my family and friends I know I will be successful! Any amount, large or small helps and is totally appreciated.
I am so proud to be from Boston and the Boston Marathon is a prime example of what Boston stands for. Strength, endurance, loyalty and tenacious, Boston is home to some of the most vivacious and kind people you will meet. The comradery and love that is shown from all the bystanders and runners along the whole 26.2 mile course is an incredible sight to see. From the scream tunnel, to all the signs of encouragements, to the Citgo sign, to strangers calling your name to keep you going. I am so excited and blessed to be able to experience it again.