I am so excited and proud to run for the MGH Emergency Response Marathon Team. When applying to run I had to write a short essay stating why I wanted to run for MGH. The answer is easy.... To pay it forward.
I moved to Boston from New Orleans in 1994 not knowing anyone and without a job. It was the scariest and best thing I could have done for myself. Although I considered myslef alone and "finding my way" in a new city, MGH was always by my side. I was hired in the department of radiology and encouraged to complete my education in Nursing School. Always supported by MGH through grants, tuition reimbursement and encouragement to meet my goals I completed my degree at Simmons College. My path to nursing was a marathon, not a sprint. My years in the department of Radiology are fondly remembered as the Starting Line to my career and I am forever grateful.
The next 16 years have been spent on Labor and Delivery. The relationships with colleages are far more than friends, these women are truly my family. We support one another through births and loss, whether it is with our patients or in our personal lives. In August of 2005 hurricane Katrina hit my hometown of New Orleans. It was the ultimate loss of my home, thankfully not my family. The outpouring of support from my colleages is indescribable. The staff of L&D jumped in and started fundraising for friends and family affected. The department of radiology contacted me, after five years of leaving my position. Their donations aided in the rebuilding of my childhood home and the homes of my extended family. The rebuilding of New Orleans was a marathon, not a sprint.
I am running the 2017 Boston Marathon to raise money for the MGH Emergency Response Team with gratitude for what MGH has done for me. I will never forget standing in front of my parent's home and baring witness to The Red Cross offering a hot meal to my mother. You never think "it can happen to you", but tragedy has no face. The best of humanity was brought out from this experience.
I am humbled for the 22 years of support from my MGH family and am proud to run as a part of the MGH Emergency Response Team.
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