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MGH Emergency Response Team Boston 2017

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BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Crystal Burt

THE STORY:

Turning a tragic loss into a big win. 

My father, James DelVecchio passed away at Mass General Hospital on Sunday, January 24th, 2016.  He was a patient in the Cardiac Intensive Care unit at Mass General Hospital for just under two weeks. 

During that timeframe, my father was faced with many obstacles regarding his heart condition(s).  Our family was grateful for the opportunity for him to undergo care at one of the most remarkable facilities, despite the pre-conceived notion that this would be his last stop regardless of the outcome.  It was a very difficult time for our family and to witness the deterioration of my father’s body and character was devastating.  However, the continued support of the staff and doctors was incredible.  At times, we were unsure if he was just another number in the hospital because of the various options they continued to present to us.  In hindsight, we realize they were quite literally, simply looking out for my father’s best interest and offering us all the most up to date and effective treatments.  In the end, despite aggressive and immediate attempts to save my father’s life, he did not survive. 

On Wednesday, January 20th, my father went into cardiac arrest.  He was resuscitated 4 times before emergency heart surgery was performed.  My father was placed on an ECMO machine which was incredible yet very scary to see in motion.  It was not certain how he would manage to build up enough strength to be removed from this machine but there was still a small amount of hope circulating around him.  He opened his eyes on Saturday, January 23rd.   He was very much in pain and the anguish on his face was clear.  He was sad, mad & scared but most of all, anxious for the end.  We surrounded him on the morning of January 24th after his lungs had collapsed.  We were grateful for his eyes to still be open and his ability to ask to be removed from the ECMO.  We watched his life slip away, peacefully.  I will never regret the decision to witness such an event.

During this time, I was training for my 3rd Boston Marathon in support of The Greg Hill Foundation.  During the weeks that my father was ill, I was training on the course and immediately would come to see him afterwards.  During one of the runs, it was cold and pouring rain and I remember thinking “once you get thru this, you get to see dad”.  When I went into MGH that afternoon, he was clearly uncomfortable and tired.  Despite this, he turned over and said “Did you run” and I said “Yes dad, I ran”. He looked at me and said “good girl”. And went back to sleep.  My father always supported my running and was astonished each time I completed a marathon.  It was incredibly difficult driving into Boston each week to train after his death because I was constantly reminded of the image of him leaving us.  I completed the marathon for him; he always wanted to run but never really had the leg strength.  In the end, he complained so much of leg pain.  During the marathon as my legs started to tire and ache, I remembered him crying about the pain he felt in his legs.  That was all I needed to finish.    This time around, my training, fundraising and completion of the marathon is 100% for him.  He will carry me thru as he did when I was a child, holding my pinky finger because his hand was too big too hold, opening up his jacket to hug me and keep me warm, holding me tight when he was afraid I would get hurt.  This entire process is for my whole family, to find peace in our loss.

I feel very fortunate to be able to give back to the hospital what they gave to us; hope and opportunity.  I want more families to be able to be presented with state of the art treatments regardless of cost. 

I want to see more of patients like my dad, have the best fighting chance there is.  Please take an extra minute to read about the Emergency Response Team that I have chosen to support below.  Thank you for your anticipated support.

The funds raised for the Emergency Response team provide critical support for emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness teaching and training at Mass General, efforts that benefit victims worldwide.

Team runners raise money to ensure that Mass General is ready for the next disaster – man-made or natural. Marathon funds support the training and resources needed to develop a carefully, integrated response that spans multiple departments throughout the hospital. “There’s no room for error,” says David Brown, MD, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mass General. “Our performance must be flawless. As in football, if one player of the 11 on the field doesn’t do the job, the play fails.”

At Mass General, we take emergency planning very seriously. Preparing for the next disaster takes much training and practice. And donors are critical to our success. Time spent training is not covered by insurance and often takes place outside work hours. Money raised by the Mass General Emergency Response team allows Mass General to ready at a moment’s notice.

$6,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Mark Folino

    $50

  • Ed and Anne Del Vecchio

    $60

  • Paul and Melissa Grasso

    $75

  • Leigh A.

    $15

  • Alana & Family

    $25

  • Angela Lavoie

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Beth Folino

    $50

  • Lorraine

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Karen & Paul Burt

    $75

  • Mark LaCoste

    $25

  • Michelle Orourke

    $20

  • Mickey & Cindy Grasso

    $50

  • Pam Doiron

    $50

  • Joey Grigarauskas

     

  • Ed Del Vecchio

    $25

  • Brian Morrisroe

    $100

  • Joan E. Robinson

     

  • Mary Carroll

    $100

  • Bonnie Gibb

    $50

  • Paul and Darlene Foley

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Craig Damon

    $150

  • Beau Bradshaw

    $50

  • Krystle Rowe

    $100

  • Sue George

    $50

  • Kid Power Gymnastics

    $25

  • ellen smith

    $50

  • Shelley Devine

    $25

  • Ginny Crosse

    $50

  • Jennifer Kirkland

    $20

  • The oleksaks

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Glenda Morrissey

    $25

  • Jane McElhaney

    $20

  • Kimberley Melanson

    $25

  • Sahagian family ❤️

    $50

  • Elisha Raczkowski

     

  • Derek,Nancy and Cody DelVecchio

    $50

  • SBS

    $260

  • Margaret Smith

    $25

  • Paul Grasso

     

  • Janice DelVecchio

    $50

  • Jeff Brodeur

    $50

  • Winco Family

    $100

  • Leeann Redmond

    $25

  • Colleen Bercume

    $50

  • Bob Baril

    $50

  • The Morin Family

    $25

  • Sue George

    $100

  • The Rice Family

    $25

  • Adam and Kim P.

    $25

  • Albert Rotti

    $25

  • Hannah Forman

    $25

  • Robert LaPointe

    $25

  • The Donovan Family

    $25

  • Matt and Brittany

    $25

  • Katie

    $75

  • Paul and Karen Burt

    $75

  • Ms. Glenda Morrissey

    $50

  • Kim Pesaturo

    $100

  • The bellofatto family

    $30

  • David Henry

    $250

  • A.F.S.C.M.E., Local 3625

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Joleen Alicea

    $30

  • Ben Lariviere

    $26.20

  • Marlboro Firefighters Local 1714

     

  • Courtney Coty for Stella and Dot

    $82

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Katie Bernier

    $25

  • Kevin Yap

    $25

  • Liz doyle

    $25

  • Kerry Winco

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $66.20

  • Santiago García

    $26.50

  • Nick L

    $24

  • Kimberly Cahill

    $25

  • Nicole Pakus

    $25

  • Tara & Dan Corthell

    $30

  • Gina Ryan

    $26.20

  • Arnie Grape

    $25

  • Debbie St Michel

     

  • Heather Cummings

    $25

  • Kirejczyk Family

    $50

  • Sondra Ahearn

    $20

  • The Iott Family

    $100

  • Caron Entwistle

    $25

  • James Delvecchio

    $75

  • Miranda Greenhalgh

    $25

  • The Dodos Family

    $50

  • Skip Dodos

     

  • Colleen Bercume

     

  • The Baril Family

    $50

  • Katie Sadlier

    $50

  • DE

    $50

  • Alana Routhier

    $30

  • Keurig, Inc.

    $100

  • Mrs. Crystal Burt

    $39

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100% Raised of $6,000 Goal

The Team: $393,026 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Amount Raised

$62,297

 

17% Raised of $375,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Carl Marino

Amount Raised

$27,706

 

107% Raised of $26,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mary-Anne Szeniawski

Amount Raised

$23,750

 

158% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Laura Clark

Amount Raised

$14,411

 

180% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ryan Foley

Amount Raised

$14,184

 

142% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

John Sconyers

Amount Raised

$12,449

 

124% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Helen van Riel

Amount Raised

$10,942

 

137% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Maureen Carrigan

Amount Raised

$10,460

 

123% Raised of $8,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Mrs. Crystal Burt

Mrs. Crystal Burt

DONATION: $39

2 years ago

Keurig, Inc.

Keurig, Inc.

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Alana Routhier

Alana Routhier

DONATION: $30

Go Crystal! 2 years ago

DE

DE

DONATION: $50

Run until you can't run no more! 2 years ago

Katie Sadlier

Katie Sadlier

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

The Baril Family

The Baril Family

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Colleen Bercume

Colleen Bercume

In memory of Robert McShera and Richard McShera... 2 years ago

Skip Dodos

Skip Dodos

In memory 2 years ago

The Dodos Family

The Dodos Family

DONATION: $50

In memory of Skip 2 years ago

Miranda Greenhalgh

Miranda Greenhalgh

DONATION: $25

2 years ago