BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
The events that took place in Boston on last April 15th are too horrific for words. It is not possible for me to try and do justice to the pain and suffering caused to so many innocent victims by two clearly unwell individuals. For the victims and their families, the scars from that day will never go away -- nothing we collectively say or do can ever give back what was taken from them that day.
However, in the wake of that afternoon's destruction, something profoundly hopeful happened. You could see it in the way that dozens of responders ran TOWARDS the blast sites to aid the injured. Or the way that our local hospitals transformed in mere minutes into coordinated emergency response centers, with hundreds of workers -- from trauma surgeons and emergency room nurses to blood bank staff and pathology assistants -- working together on prolonged shifts to make certain that no one who made it to a hospital alive that day lost their lives. Or the way that Bostonians -- famously proud of their independence -- got behind local law enforcement as they worked diligently and at great personal risk to bring the perpetrators to justice.
It is a sad truth that in these connected times, the power of the sick few to cause harm is nearly as great as the power of thousands to heal. But the lesson of last April 15th is that the thousands will never be deterred -- our numbers, and our intrinsic capacity to hope and help and heal, will rise to meet any challenge thrown our way.
This year, I am honored to be representing the MGH Emergency Response Fund Team as we join the 36,000 runners who will race in the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21st. These entries were given as recognition of the work that MGH did in the wake of last year's tragic events. Having conducted the vast majority of my medical training at MGH, I am so proud of the work that my colleagues and mentors performed last April, and continue to do each and every day in the service of those who are sick, injured, or otherwise less fortunate than ourselves.
The money we raise will support the MGH Emergency Response Fund, which "provides social services for victims and families of disasters, as well as emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness training". As the events of last year prove, this is an incredibly worthy and important cause, one that touches everyone regardless of age, race, gender, or religion.
For this event, my fundraising minimum is $5,000. This is a large amount to raise, but I will reach it the same way one finishes a marathon -- one step/dollar at a time. A donation in any amount is greatly appreciated!
Thank you very much for your support and encouragement -- I know this will be an event that I/we will never forget!
All best wishes for a safe and happy new year!