BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I moved to Boston from New Orleans in 1994 not knowing anyone and without a job. It was the scariest and best thing I could have done for myself. Although I considered myself alone and "finding my way" in a new city, MGH was always by my side. I was hired in the department of radiology and encouraged to complete my education in Nursing School. Always supported by MGH through grants, tuition reimbursement and encouragement to meet my goals I completed my degree at Simmons College. My path to nursing was a marathon, not a sprint. My years in the department of Radiology are fondly remembered as the Starting Line to my career and I am forever grateful.
The next 16 years have been spent on Labor and Delivery. The relationships with colleagues are far more than friends, these women are truly my family. We support one another through births and loss, whether it is with our patients or in our personal lives. In August of 2005 hurricane Katrina hit my hometown of New Orleans. It was the ultimate loss of my home, thankfully not my family. The outpouring of support from my colleagues is indescribable. The staff of L&D jumped in and started fundraising for friends and family affected. The department of radiology contacted me, after five years of leaving my position. Their donations aided in the rebuilding of my childhood home and the homes of my extended family. The rebuilding of New Orleans was a marathon, not a sprint.
I am running the 2017 Boston Marathon to raise money for the MGH Emergency Response Team with gratitude for what MGH has done for me. I will never forget standing in front of my parent's home and baring witness to The Red Cross offering a hot meal to my mother. You never think "it can happen to you", but tragedy has no face, no gender, no race. The best of humanity was brought out from this experience.
I am humbled for the 22 years of support from my MGH family and am proud to run as a part of the MGH Emergency Response Team!
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.