Two years ago I ran the Boston Marathon in honor of Mike Kimball, a family member, and others who have been struck by ocular melanoma. Last year I stood at the Boston finish line with Mike's youngest son, cheering on my own brother's fast finish. We were only blocks away, near the family meeting area, when the unthinkable happened. We are fortunate.
The first responders were heroic in the aftermath of last year's tragedy. The second responders, hospitals like Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, were no less heroic as they dealt with a sudden influx of injuries (Mass Eye and Ear treated 75 bombing patients, using the staff expertise on eye and ear injuries in particular).
Now is our turn to be "third responders", raising money for research that will foster even better care at Mass Eye and Ear. This year I'm back on Team Eye and Ear to do just that, and I hope become a third responder yourself by making a donation.
In 2012 I was proud that supporters of my Boston Marathon run on Team Eye and Ear raised more than $9,000 (check out my blog from that year at http://jacksrunforcancer.wordpress.com/ ). This year I'm aiming to raise $10,000, or $380 a mile.
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