My name is Jessica Rickard and I am running the Boston Marathon for The Stepping Strong Team for Brigham and Womens Hospital. After reading about The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation I knew I had to raise money for this amazing charity. As a nurse, I love helping others by giving them comfort and peace in times when they are dealing with pain, debiliatating illnesses, and new diagnoses. The Brigham has treated several family memebers over the year for a variety of aliments. I want to give back to the Brigham for what they have done for my family memebers.
I also decided to run for the BWH Stepping Strong Team because I want to run for those who no longer are able. Boston Marathon bombings effected not just people in New England or those who were at the Marathon on Marathon Monday but it effected people all over the country and the world. I am running for those who were injured that day and needed surgery after surgery and are no longer able to run or walk becuase of the events that day. The Brigham provides world-renowned medical care. However, I want to be apart of helping The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation raise money in order for the medical staff and team to find ways for advancing trauma research and care. The Center also focuses on care for military personnel who have suffered from traumatic injuries and events.
Since graduating with my BS in Exercise Science in 2011, I grew a love for running and started participating in road races, anywhere from 5k to half marathons and joining a relay team for the Ragnar Relay. My goal has always been to run the Boston marathon. As I prepare and train, I will be running not only for myself but for those individuals who I know will benefit from the research that will be able to be conducted at this center with the money raised. If my fundraising efforts can help even one person have a better outcome after a traumatic injury then that will give me even more reason to raise as much money as I can for this charity.
Please join me in raising money for this AMAZING charity!! Lets continue to help and support, refine traumatic injury research for The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Boston Marathon Team!!
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