BENEFITING: Brigham and Women's Hospital
ORGANIZER: Brigham and Women's Hospital
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Our team's fundraising: The 2015 Boston Marathon will be my third in a row and I could not be more excited to be running it as part of the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Marathon Team. The team was initiated by a Boston Marathon bombing survivor and all of our fundraising will fuel innovative research and clinical programs in trauma healing and limb reconstruction at BWH.
Background on why this race means so much to me: 2013 was my first marathon and I was a few blocks from crossing the finish line when the bombs went off and we were stopped at the turn onto Hereford Street. My parents were waiting to cheer for me at the finish line but we were all lucky not to have been physically harmed that day. 3 weeks later I was walking just outside of Copley Square when a driver made a quick turn without seeing there were pedestrians in the crosswalk with the right of way. He ran me over, breaking my tibia and fibula in half and fracturing a bone in my spine.
I was fortunate to receive such wonderful medical care and the morning after the accident I had surgery to place a titanium rod through my tibia. I was in the hospital for a few days and eventually was moved to my apartment where I'd spend the next several weeks recovering. I was also given a stylish backbrace to hold my vertebrae still while the fracture in my spine healed over the course of 3 months.
A few weeks into my recovery I received an email from the BAA notifying us that all runners who did not get to cross the finish line would automatically get an entry to the 2014 Boston Marathon. There wasn’t any question in my mind that I was going to run again. I spent the rest of the summer and fall in intensive physical therapy and in October 2013 I was cleared to begin running. I had a full plan designed to get me from the first few steps to 26.2 by April. I knew it was an extreme approach to recovery, but it was also one of the most meaningful and inspiring processes I've ever gone through.
On Marathon Monday 2014, I crossed the finish line in 4:28:24, the same time as my projected finish a year earlier. The Boston Marathon inspires me and reminds me that with support and determination we are capable of overcoming even the most severe of challenges. The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Marathon Team's fundraising will all go to fund amazing research that Brigham and Women's Hospital is conducting in the fields of trauma healing and limb reconstruction, and I am honored to be running Boston again in 2015 as part of this team.
Thank you so much for your support!