Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Marathon Team - Home Base Team Thank you so much for taking the time to donate to such a wonderful cause. This health care team is used to helping treat the visible wounds of disease. The fundraising efforts for this race are going towards supporting those dealing with the invisible wounds of war. Invisible wounds of war are the psychological and cognitive injuries, as well as their consequences which can affect the people who protect our country. Help for them and their families is paramount to reintegrate everyone safely and get these brave men and women back to their new normal.
As an Acute and Reconstructive Burn Surgeon I am too often faced with helping patients and families heal from the visible scars they've obtained from their burn injuries. The visual impact and psychological stress and stigmatism that come with these unwanted and permanent wounds is very powerful. Surgery can help improve some burn wounds, but there are almost always scars. Similar to the invisible wounds of war, there are hidden burn scars which aren’t as obvious and can be covered/hidden by clothing or makeup. Nonetheless, the psychological and cognitive impact of these scars can affect intimacy and self confidence in major ways no matter how large or small the actual scar. So again, thank you for your donation, your charity will not be invisible to those receiving it! Now let’s run!