I’m Jessica Velez, RN, and I’m going the distance for patients at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.
I am a clinical nurse specialist working in nursing education at WMC and have been with the hospital since 2005. This November, I’m honored to run in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon to support the patients I serve at Westchester Medical Center.
Running was something I fell into as an adult as a way to relieve stress. One day, I went for a run with no visions of becoming a marathoner or ever completing a 5k; I simply found that exercising felt good, and I wanted to see how far I could push myself. My mantra became “just one mile,” and that first mile has led to adventure, joy, significant stress relief and an impact on the people around me. A marathon is simply “just one mile" 26 times over.
To date, I’ve completely eight marathons, two ultras and many half marathons.
My family and I live in Hyde Park and when I’m not out training, I volunteer as a Girl Scout troop leader and have even run a half marathon with my group of 11-year-old Girl Scouts.
Running in support of our patients at Westchester Medical Center adds a great deal of significance to the miles I spend training and creates a connection between my passion and my career.
Westchester Medical Center is the premier provider of advanced medical care in New York’s Hudson Valley region. The flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, this 895-bed academic hospital located in Valhalla, New York, provides local residents with acute care services - Level I trauma and burn care, organ transplants and advanced neurovascular procedures and more - found nowhere else in the region. Westchester Medical Center is the primary referral facility for other hospitals in the Hudson Valley and serves as a lifeline for more than 3.5 million people.
I’m excited to represent Westchester Medical Center in this year’s NYC Marathon and I appreciate your support as I go the distance.
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