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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

Helen van Riel

THE STORY:

Why I run for MGH? 

Mass General is the reason that my mom is alive today and living a healthy life. We have required MGH's expertise on numerous occasions to help ensure that she is healthy. In 2002, she required a double valve replacement to repair a murmur that had developed as a result of having Rheumatic Fever as a child. Under the care of Dr. Palacios and the staff at MGH, she made a fast recovery and lives with two mechanical valves today. At the time, I was only in middle school and I was terrified of the hospital and the fact that my mom had to stay there. I didn't know that we'd need the help of MGH again in just over ten years.

My mom was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2013. For most people affected by this type of leukemia, it is very manageable, but after just 6 months she required chemotherapy. She had complications from the chemotherapy in June of 2013 and had to be transported from our local hospital who could not care for her at the level that she needed. I was never more grateful for the ambulatory team and the emergency response teams that helped my mom when she was septic and things were taking a turn for the worse. The amazing teams took care of her and allowed her to come home after one week. After another round of chemo, I took her to the ER on August 30, 2013 for what I did not realize was going to be a month long stay in the ICU to deal with intense complications to the chemo. As I write this, we are celebrating over 3 years of when she was able to come home from the hospital and rehab center.

My family owes Mass General so much more than I could ever put into words. It would be insurmountably special to me to give back to the hospital that has ensured my favorite person in the world is healthy. I only want to pass that on to as many families as I can. 

Thank you for your donation. 

Love, Helen xo

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote -

Following the tragedy of the 2013 marathon bombings, Mass General was fortunate to receive 40 guaranteed entries from the Boston Athletic Association to create an Emergency Response Marathon Team.  For the third year, thanks to John Hancock, Mass General will have 40 spots for runners on the Emergency Response Marathon Team. The funds raised 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.

$10,942

MONEY RAISED
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  • Erin Campbell

    $25

  • Courtney Kenney

    $25

  • Coach Lauren Leonard and Team LL Health

    $50

  • Andrea

     

  • Renee Hanscom

     

  • Kathy Unger

     

  • Peter & Joke

    $100

  • The Marini Family

    $100

  • The bryant clan

    $50

  • Paul and Sue Cooper

    $100

  • Mom & Dad

    $500

  • Superbowl Squares

     

  • Jennifer Maxwell

    $50

  • WinterWyman

    $50

  • Megan

    $15

  • Kelly Lane

    $25

  • Kathy Fox Alfano

    $25

  • Sarah & John Murphy

    $25

  • Debbie & Scott Silverman

    $100

  • Chris Koutros

    $25

  • Elizabeth S.

    $25

  • Terence and Chris Brown

    $100

  • Bill & Cindy

    $200

  • Kristin & Brian Chisholm

     

  • Jeremy J. Comeau

    $25

  • Natalina Tulik

    $50

  • Patricia Gregoire

    $25

  • Steve Siden

     

  • Tony Pritchard

    $100

  • Mr. Poopybutthole

    $25

  • Kara Williams

     

  • Allison Read

    $20

  • Rev'd Indoor Cycling LLC

    $752.29

  • Kristin Marani

     

  • Kristyn Shea

    $25

  • Janet & Dino Susi

    $231

  • Kara (Leary) McPhilemy

    $15

  • Heather & Derek

     

  • Dan Lawrence

    $15

  • Georgie

    $20

  • Grace and Luis

    $100

  • Max Lawrence

     

  • The Cooper's

     

  • Casey Kavanagh

     

  • Megan K McCarthy

    $50

  • Tom Boudreau

    $26.20

  • Denise Tschann

    $100

  • Carol Beggs

    $200

  • Kathy (Georgia Wraight's mum ) Long

    $50

  • Liz Krueger

     

  • Rick and Lorri

    $100

  • Colleen Buckley

    $50

  • Siobhan and Ricardo Alba

    $50

  • Kathy McCarthy

    $50

  • Laney Clement-Holbrook

    $25

  • the kelliher family

    $100

  • Mike and Sheila Walker

    $50

  • Ellen Gillander

    $25

  • The Hennessey Girls

    $250

  • The Schwartz Family

    $50

  • The Kline Family

    $50

  • Susan and Bill Hadge

    $50

  • Joj

    $25

  • Jean C Tempel

    $250

  • Peter Wilson

    $250

  • Stewart Family

    $100

  • Berkley Jones

    $25

  • Richard Bendetson

     

  • Andrew Abramson

     

  • Miss O'Malley

    $50

  • Ian Moriarty

    $52.40

  • Sarah Woodson

    $100

  • Robyn Panciocco

     

  • Hilary and Brian Owen

    $100

  • Maria and Camille

    $50

  • Gefteas family

    $100

  • Linda

    $50

  • Greg and Susan Bucci

    $50

  • Neil Levine

     

  • Megan Campbell

    $25

  • Kyle Sousa

    $50

  • Kelly Woods

    $50

  • Whitney Kimmel

     

  • Karen O'Brien

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • George and Anna Bryant

     

  • Dan Bryant

     

  • Kathy McKnight

    $25

  • Maria Palma

    $25

  • Alex Van Buren

     

  • Crystal Senter-Brown

     

  • Jennifer Healy

    $20

  • Kristin McFadden

    $50

  • Laura Caporale

    $50

  • John Hancock

    $50

  • John Hancock

    $900

  • EF Institute for Cultural Exchange, Inc.

    $100

  • Elizabeth DeSiena (& LuLaRoe Party)

    $60

  • EF Institute for Cultural Exchange, Inc

    $100

  • Bhattacharya Family

    $50

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137% Raised of $8,000 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

Bhattacharya Family

Bhattacharya Family

DONATION: $50

In honor of Himangshu Bhattacharya - wishing him celestial Father's Day greetings! 1 year ago

EF Institute for Cultural Exchange, Inc

EF Institute for Cultural Exchange, Inc

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Elizabeth DeSiena (& LuLaRoe Party)

Elizabeth DeSiena (& LuLaRoe Party)

DONATION: $60

2 years ago

EF Institute for Cultural Exchange, Inc.

EF Institute for Cultural Exchange, Inc.

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

John Hancock

John Hancock

DONATION: $900

2 years ago

John Hancock

John Hancock

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Laura Caporale

Laura Caporale

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Kristin McFadden

Kristin McFadden

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Jennifer Healy

Jennifer Healy

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Crystal Senter-Brown

Crystal Senter-Brown

In Memory of Tracy! 2 years ago