November 17, 2016
BENEFITING: Boston Medical Center
ORGANIZER: Boston Medical Center
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Each year, during my four years at Northeastern University, I stood among the crowd that lined the streets of Boston cheering on the thousands of runners who participated in the Boston Marathon. Four years ago I moved back to Boston and have since continued my tradition - standing on the sidelines watching in awe, cheering and supporting those runners as they made their way to the finish line on Boylston Street. 2013, the year of the marathon bombings was no different - I was there among the crowd.
There has always been something special about the city of Boston on Marathon Monday. The unity among strangers, the excitement of the crowd and the determination of those who run not only for themselves but for their local charities. Since 2013, the marathon’s representation of strength has only gotten stronger. We are not only running for our personal causes, but for the victims, the survivors, for our city.
I have always thought I would love to join those runners – but with those thoughts came the doubt that I could never possibly run a marathon – or train through a New England winter. But as a friend of mine recently reminded me - one should never say never. I put my excuses aside and made a decision to take on this very exciting and challenging personal endeavor. You see, it’s not just about me. I wanted to raise money for an organization that I truly supported. As a nurse anesthetist, I spend the majority of my days working at Boston Medical Center with some of the most dedicated staff, treating patients from all backgrounds, socioeconomic status and lifestyles without discrimination.
Team BMC requires runners to raise $5,000 to help meet their organization’s goals. My personal goal is to raise $10,000. 100% of your donations will benefit "Building the New BMC" which includes a new Emergency Department (BMC is a level one trauma center) – a place that when complete, will benefit thousands of patients each year. On April 15, 2013, BMC staff cared for more than 20 victims of the marathon bombings. BMC services the indigent community and fundraising such as this continues to provide healthcare to those who would not receive it otherwise. Additionally, BMC supports programs dedicated to helping children with autism, families of domestic violence, children with cancer and individuals battling drug dependency.
Please join me in my race to meet my goal before I cross the finish line in April. Thank you in advance for you support ! No contribution is too small. All donations are tax deductible.
Boston Medical Center wrote -
For the past 14 years, Boston Medical Center has proudly participated in Boston’s historic marathon, raising more than $3.8 million for the hospital. In 2016, BMC was fortunate to have 91 runners—a group of dedicated teammates, from New York to London to California, who pounded the pavement, crossed the finish line and helped raise more than $952,000. BMC is 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 Boston strong.
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.
From the privately insured to the homeless, our Emergency Department and Level I Trauma Center offer outstanding care to patients from all walks of life. For many of our patients, our ER not only addresses acute medical issues, it serves as their primary care clinic where they seek treatment for everything from sore throats to sickle-cell disease. 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. We were ready, because as Boston’s hospital for so many of the region’s most serious trauma cases, it’s the kind of work we do every day.
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 your commitment to the entire city of Boston.
Thank you for supporting Boston Medical Center in our mission to provide exceptional care, without exception!