BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
This year, I am running my first marathon for raise money for the Massachusetts General Hospital Emergency Response Fund. As a resident of Boston, I have never felt greater pride at the reaction of our city. Strangers risking their lives for others, people welcoming dazed and confused runners into their homes, emergency relief workers rushing to the scene, not because they were working, but because it was the right thing to do. Boston sprung into action and I knew that very day, that I wanted to do something to contribute and celebrate the people of Boston.
MGH received 40 entries into the 2014 Boston Marathon in recognition of their Staff’s work following the events of 2013. The hospital’s response is nothing short of heroic. Dozens of badly wounded patents and families were rushed to the hospital, the hospital itself was put on lockdown with bomb threats and yet the hospital workers refused to go home as more showed up, unscheduled, to help.
The fund I am running for provides social services for victims and families of disasters, as well as emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness training. Please help me in supporting this hospital and its cause.
On a more personal note, I had surgery at Mass General 12 months ago to remove a tumor the size of a grapefruit from my ovary. My ovary was saved due to the skill (I was treated by the best surgeon in the country for this type of tumor) and dedication of this hospital. When I was finally cleared to take a run, six weeks after the surgery, I cried for the entire first mile as I realized how much strength I had lost and also how impressive the human body is. It is a personal triumph for me to have run 17 miles last weekend and look forward to running 18 this weekend.
Please consider supporting me and the MGH Emergency Response Fund on April 21st.
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote -
Thanks to the Boston Athletic Association, Massachusetts General Hospital received 40 entries into the 2014 Boston Marathon in recognition of our staff’s work following the tragic events at the 2013 marathon.
Mass General is honored to have contributed to the healing of the victims of the marathon bombings, their families and our community. We remain extremely proud of the compassion, diligence and professionalism our exceptional caregivers demonstrated.
The enormity of the marathon bombing tested their skills and resilience. The future of dozens of badly wounded patients and their traumatized families were in their hands. Moreover, this attack occurred at one of Boston’s most storied events. The caregivers themselves were shaken. Some struggled to save lives that afternoon fearing that the next patient who came through the doors might be someone they knew.
Of the 39 victims treated at Mass General, the most gravely wounded suffered from traumatic amputations, severe blood loss and third-degree burns.
In the tragedy’s wake, we began to raise funds to support the MGH Emergency Response Fund. It provides social services for victims and families of disasters, as well as emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness training.