My name is Stefanie Smolinsky and I am the Manager of Talent Acquisition Operations at Lahey Health. I am a part of Shared Services and the Human Resources team in Burlington. For the first time ever, Lahey was awarded 4 non-profit/charitable bibs for the 2019 Boston Marathon. I submitted an application to run as a part of Team Lahey and was lucky enough to be selected as one of only four runners to support their philanthropic efforts. I have chosen Lahey/Beverly Hospital as the recipient of my fundraising efforts. My goal is to raise $15,000.
Making the decision to run the Boston Marathon, my first ever marathon, was not easy. I’m 45, married with 4 kids and have a full time job. (It’s also really cold between now and April 15th in the Northeast!) But honestly I did not hesitate once I got the chance to raise money for Beverly Hospital. I’ve always wanted to give back and this seemed like the perfect win-win. You see, Lahey/Beverly is not just my employer; but they’ve also literally saved my life as well as the lives of those closest to me.
Lahey/Beverly represents my family’s network of primary care doctors, nurses, dermatologists, oncologists, midwives, obstetricians/gynecologists, lactation consultants, social workers, ER doctors, X-ray techs, MRI techs, nurse practitioners, pediatricians, pulmonologists, surgeons, and anesthesiologists. Of course my family and I have experienced the typical sprains, broken bones, latch problems, stomach bugs and croup that most families deal with…but we’ve also had to deal with some really big issues like Gestational Diabetes, an Emergency C-Section, Bladder Cancer and Melanoma. Because of our Lahey team of health professionals, my babies were born healthy, their grandfather lives a normal, cancer-free life, and my melanoma was detected early and removed successfully. A month after my surgery, I walked down the aisle and married the man of my dreams and welcomed 2 more beautiful children into my heart.
My love of running has been life long affair, but I really started to run more seriously in 2013. I quickly discovered that moving my body made me feel so much better. Day after day I would lace up and hit the road…always with the mantra of “I’ve never regretted going for a run, I’ve only regretted not going.”
I humbly ask for your support in helping me reach my goal. I will be chronicling my training progress on both Instagram and Facebook (Stefanie Smolinsky) and hope that you will share my link with as many people as you can. Your gift is 100% tax deductible and could go a long way towards helping others like me. I thank you, my children thank you, and my extended family thanks you.