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April 16, 2017
BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
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.