Just a hair over 50 years ago, I had the privilege of being a 'guest' at Boston Children's for about 6 weeks.
Long story short...I was born 6 weeks premature with yellow jaundice and required an exchange transfusion.
As the hospital at which I was born (Hunt Memorial Hospital in Danvers, MA) had neither the expertise nor the equipment required...I got to take my first trip to Boston.
Born with a cleft lip and palate into a family of limited means...I soon came to understand that, without the love and persistence of my parents, a good dose of charity from others, and the kindness and care of folks at hospitals like Boston Children's, I would be in a far different place.
Now...50+ years into my life...and having done so many of the things I had only dreamed about doing as a child (including running the Boston Marathon...twice)...it's high time that I give back.
I'm fundraising for this event because I believe so strongly in all the good things Boston Children's Hospital does for kids.
Its patient care programs are unusually sensitive to what sick and injured children and their families really need.
Its researchers regularly make amazing discoveries that change children's lives. It welcomes kids whose families can't afford health care-more than any other hospital in Massachusetts. It makes a point of reaching out to local communities to help low-income and at-risk kids. And it really gets the importance of training the next generation of top pediatricians and nurses.
This will be my second year running for Boston Childrens. Please donate (by clicking here: http://www.milesformiracles.org/goto/dougjones and go to the 'Support me!' link on the right hand side of the page) and help me to make it even better than my first.
Thank you !
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