Dear Family and Friends,
I am excited to announce that I will be running the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018 in support of the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Running the marathon is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and I am so excited that when I do it, I will be running on behalf of the IHP, an institution dear to my heart. I received my doctor of physical therapy there in 2004.
My goal is to raise $5,000 and I’m hoping you can help me achieve it. This will be my very first marathon after over 20 years of competitive running, and for those of you who know me, well, it’s been competitive. To me, this is the perfect way to contribute to a place that has given me so much. The training will be intense, but I am looking forward to it.
The money we raise together will be directed toward the newly established Leslie Portney Fund for Interprofessional Leadership at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Distributions from this fund can be made for travel by students, faculty, or staff to domestic or international interprofessional meetings or conferences where the participant will expand their understanding of interprofessional education and bring new ideas back to the IHP; and/or to seed new interprofessional projects at the IHP; and/or to support a faculty member or student to attend a course on interprofessional education. This fund is directly related to the vision of the IMPACT practice center, which opened in October of 2017. As part of their clinical education, the IMPACT practice center allows students tackle complex patient problems under the direct supervision of Institute faculty, supported by the latest state of the art technology. This team-based care not only enhances community services, but also provides education and experience to these developing healthcare professionals.
Thank you for reading this. I hope you will consider helping me reach my goal. No contribution is too small or too big. Your support will give me the motivation to cover that 26.2 and those many miles in between.
Thank you from the heart,
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