Boston Strong, Stronger, Strongest
I am blessed, honored and humbled to have members of my family as 1st responders for the City of Boston. Last year, on Marathon Day, we all watched a horrific event unfold. The Bombing became of the most difficult and challenging event in our City's History thus far. For us, it was shocking and very scarey as well. But for for 1st responders, they do what they do everyday, put their lives on the line to rescue others. It is through their training, dedication, experience, expertise, professionalism and leadership that many lives were saved that day.
I was worried about my brothers as I knew they were both on duty that day. One brother is a Boston Police Detective and my other brother is with EMS. I suspected they were near the finish line but it wasn't until hours later did I heard their voices say that they were okay. There were many honors, presentations and appreciation events to thank 1st responders. As amazing as they all are at their jobs it was touching to see. My brothers did not attend any of them because they are incredibly humble. Weeks later, I received a call from a cousin in California. He was watching a hockey game and prior to the game there was a presentation to Boston Strong, victims and 1st responders. My brother's face appeared on the screen. He was at the finish line, taking care of a victim who was in great distress. His face showed calmness, confidence, compassion, strength and courage. He was on for a second and yet that image will last in my heart in my heart forever. I knew how amazing my brother was at his job but seeing him on the screen I was never more proud and honored to share him with the world. My brothers are and will always be my hero's.
I am very excited to be selected for the team. I am new to running a Marathon and my goal as a beginner is to finish. I am compeititve, focused and determined to achieve my goals (1) to finish the race and (2) to raise money for such a worthy cause.
I work at MGH BackBay Medical Health Center located on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.... I am a Social Worker there and am proud to be a member of a most gifted, talented and dedicated staff of Doctor's, Nurses, LPN's, administrative staff and support staff as well. I love what I do and the team I get to work with each day. I am humbled by the stories I hear from my client's, the amazing courage and resilisence that they show overcoming so many obstacles from medical, emotional and in particular to those who experienced PTSD from the marathon of last year.
My training and speciality is Trauma and Critical Incidents. I worked with a dedicated group of therapist who offered our services as a courtesy to anyone who asked for help. EMDR is a technique that is often used for traumatic events, PTSD... we had a number of runners, spectators, family members and friends who were present that day and had difficulty recovering from the traumatic experience. I was honored to help people recover and heal.
I am a racquetball teaching pro as well as a competitive athlete. I have won many titles and most proud of my 7 World Racquetball Titles, with my most recent this past September of 2013. I work out 3-4 times a week and when I am training for the Worlds, I train harder than most of my competitors. I hope to use some of that trianing to use for the Marathon 2014.
I have an amazing family two brothers who are 1st responders and who were present and instrumental in helping many of the survivors of the events of the Marathon last year.
I have a big family and we are all very close and supportive to each other. I treasure my nieces and nephews and my best buddy Maximus a 10 pound Silkie Terrier who can probably outrun me. Maybe he should run in my place.
I hope to elicite the support of my racquetball friends from all over the country to donate to our team's fund raising goal.
I look forward to meeting everyone, making new friends and accomplish something that I have always wanted to do and now is my chance. Thank you MGH for giving me this chance....
Good Luck Everyone.. The Powers within, Use it to Win...