On Monday April 18, 2016, I will lace up my running shoes to run the 2016 Boston Marathon. This has been a dream of mine for some time and I’m so fortunate to have been selected by BID-Plymouth to run on behalf of the hospital.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center provided each of its affiliated hospitals, including BID-Plymouth, two bibs to run as TEAM BIDMC. As one of the two runners selected, I have pledged to raise a minimum of $6,000 and with a personal goal of $10,000. All funds raised will go to the Integrated Healthcare and Substance Use Disorder Program at BID-Plymouth. I’m writing to you today to ask for your support.
In the summer of 2015, I had a lot of firsts happen in my life! It was great--a new house, a new puppy, and of course an amazing opportunity to work for BID-Plymouth on the CHART grant, (explain what the grant is for) In addition to this, my sister Kelsey, who is one of my best friends, was having a baby! This meant I was going to be an aunt for the first time!
There were also some challenging firsts. My mom called me to let me know that she potentially had cancer in her right lower lob of her right lung. My mom was never a smoker and has never really been a drinker—she’s been in good health my entire life. I remember where I was when I got the call and tried to remain calm as my mom prepared me for the process of the upcoming weeks. It was hard to take it all in. My mom was only 56, how could she be telling me she may have cancer? She went on to have a biopsy and then ended up having surgery to remove the lower lobe of her right lung. This was a hard and challenging time because there were so many highs and lows. Through this I realized how important it is to take care of one’s body.
I grew up in a family where both my parents are scientists. Growing up and listening to my dad talk about wanting to make a drug that could help save lives. Although I took the business route, I still wanted to make a difference—and I am! Since starting at BID-Plymouth, I have learned so much more about caring for patients and putting the patient first.
Working on the CHART grant has opened my eyes to the huge epidemic of opioids and how addiction is a huge struggle. By running in the Boston Marathon 2016, I am running for my mom, whose faith and positive attitude has made such an impact on me, as well as the patients who struggle with addiction.
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