On April 21st, I'll be running the Boston Marathon. For me, it’s the culmination of two very impactful life events that both evolve around Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)
First, many of you know that since 2007, I've fought three separate successful battles with cancer. All of the chemo, radiation, surgery, and industry leading treatment was at BIDMC. But more importantly...
...All of the nurturing care on the days I needing relief from the toxic, horrific drugs seeping through my body was at BIDMC.
...All of the counsel I needed on how to talk to my children that their Dad was going to be just fine with no need for fear, was at BIDMC.
...All of the support I needed to continually look death in the eyes and know that I'd prevail because I had the best team in the world was at BIDMC.
...And receiving my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chance at life happened at BIDMC.
Second, (hard to imagine there'd be a second reason that can even touch that one, but there is). After being passionate about wanting to give back to the BIDMC community, I was asked to join the BIDMC Board of Overseers. It allowed me to see first hand the extraordinary contribution the hospital had to our community during the horrific bombings during last year's marathon.
The first bomb went off at 2:49 pm on April 15, 2013, the second twelve seconds later. The BIDMC Emergency Department received notice of the bombings within two minutes and the first patient arrived eleven minutes later. Within a short time, more than fifty BIDMC clinicians and staff came back to the hospital voluntarily. The first BIDMC patient went into surgery within forty seven minutes of the initial blast. Of the twenty four patients that BIDMC treated that day, fourteen went through the Operating Room by the end of the evening. Ultimately sixteen patients citywide received amputations, some of them double.
Boston, and too many people, lived through a wrenching, difficult, tragic event, but what BIDMC caregivers did during that time spoke to the deep, enduring commitment to care for patients that I saw during my cancer treatment. The emotions inspired by the Marathon bombings were undoubtedly powerful and complicated for many individuals. What BIDMC accomplished is not so complicated—they took care of people, very disparate people, with exemplary care under very difficult circumstances.
And today I'm asking you to help me fulfill a goal of honoring BIDMC for giving me and those victims of last year's bombings extraordinary care and another chance at life. I ask you to donate generously to help others receive the benefits of this institution, to help my children and yours live in a world where the chances of cancer survival are much higher than today, and to help me fulfill a dream of feeling fully like a cancer survivor as I cross the finish line of the oldest marathon in the world.
My Best Regards and Appreciation,
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