What I've learned is that running a marathon isn't about running a marathon. It is about how determined you are to finish something you started. It’s about testing yourself and figuring out what you’re made of and how far you can push yourself. It is about taking something that is said to be impossible and making it possible.
One of the main reasons I want to run this marathon is because it is personal to me. I was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon the day of the bombing. My cousins’ husband was running and we were there watching him and cheering him on. He was about two miles from the finish line when the bombs exploded. I will never forget the look on my nephews face when it happened. I made sure my family was in front and evacuated them. After that I went back and help in any way I could. I was a Firefighter EMT working for the Charlton Fire Department at the time and new they would need all the help they could get. I assisted for about two hours doing whatever needed to be done and then returned to my family. A few minutes later my cousins husband found us and informed us he ran an extra two miles to get to the finish line to find us. It was and will always be a moment in our lives that none of us will ever forget.
My cousins’ husband was invited back to run the marathon the following year and we sat down as a group and decided together. We made the decision to go back and try again. We stood in the same spot we did the year prior and happily watched him cross the finish line. The look of accomplishment on his face was amazing and it got me thinking maybe I could do this. I do run and enjoy running but I just don’t run marathons never thought to do it. On the car ride home, he challenged me to run the race and I excepted that challenge. Life got in the way and training had to be put on hold and I was unable to run the marathon for the last few years. I do feel I am ready now and it would be an honor to run for the Mass General team. I want to run for Mass General team because out of the approximately 300 patients received from the bombing not a single life was lost at Mass General. The hospital had some of the worst patients from that day you didn’t lose a single person. The amazing team work that happened that day is what saved all those lives and it would be a team that I would love to run for.