Last long run
April 08, 2017
BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
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.
Even though I was born in the U.K., Boston has always felt like home. I grew up in the suburbs and moved into the city 5 years ago, initially living with my parents in Beacon Hill, so Mass General was effectively in my backyard for the 2 years I lived with them.
We had always admired the dedication and quality of the medical staff we would see whilst walking around the Hill and felt privileged to live so close to one of the greatest medical facilities in the world. This was brought home to us one fateful April day three years ago.
I still remember driving home from work on April 15th, 2013 and seeing police cars speeding down Storrow Drive. This was the first year in many that I had not been standing on Boylston Street waiting to greet the runners as work had to take precedence on this occasion. I had left work a little early in hopes of watching some of the later finishers down on Boylston Street but instead arrived home to find my Mum in a state of shock on the couch watching live coverage of the bombings that had taken place that day. All I could think about was all the people who were down there. I immediately turned to social media to offer a place to stay for anyone needing it, knowing some of my friends had run that year. I watched as doctors from MGH and other Boston area hospitals who had just finished a 26.2 mile run immediately drop everything and start caring for the wounded. Coming from the U.K. we had had some personal experience of these tragedies. My own mother had been caught up in bombings that occurred in London in the 1980’s when I was just a toddler. In these circumstances, every second counts and the calm, compassionate professionalism shown by the medical staff, both on and off duty that fateful Marathon Monday, doubtless saved the lives of many additional victims.That is what inspired me to run as a member of this team.
I started to consider myself a runner right after college. I had always been athletic and played sports but never focused on running individually. After I graduated I wanted to get back in shape and with the little money I had, a gym membership was a reach. As running was free as long as the weather was decent I decided to give it a try. I started with signing up for my first 5k which led to a 10k and so on until I ran my first half marathon. My goal had always been to run a marathon and the Boston Marathon was my dream but as I was working full time and attending graduate school part time, the time commitment needed was just not feasible. After graduating with my Masters in Computer Science from BU last December I decided 2017 was my year. The fact that I am able to combine my love for running with the chance to raise money for such a deserving and necessary cause is truly a dream come true.
I aim to raise $8,000 for this incredible and important cause and the organization behind it. Please consider donating in any way that is feasible for you, and know that I am so tremendously appreciative of you choosing to join me on this journey.