For as long as I can remeber it has always been a dream of mine to run the Boston Marathon. I remember year after year watching the Marathon on TV thinking, one day I want to be able to do that. I wanted to be able to hold the honor of running in the city I grew up to love. However; in reality I hated running with a passion. I couldn‘t even run a mile without becoming completely short of breathe and ended up stopping and walking. In the end I just kept on adding another mile each day. This past October I was able to complete my very first marathon in Chicago. As soon as I finished I knew my next goal would be complete the Boston Marathon.
Three years ago I was fresh out of nursing school and a new registered nurse. I started a new job at MGH as a new grab on one of their Surgical Trauma floors. Over the past three years MGH has taught me so much and helped me grow tremendously in my career. For the past year I have been working the ED and I have seen so many patients and families on their worst days. I am extremely honored and still in shock to be accepted to represent the MGH Emergency Response Team. Working in the ED I am able to see first hand how important it is for first responders to be prepared incase a disaster were to occur. Of course none of us want anything bad to happen, but the reality is that we all should be prepared and educated in some sense so that we are all ready in any event .
So please consider donating to an amazing cause and help me reach my goal!! Anything helps! Also consider coming out on April 15th to cheer me on (rain, snow or shine ;))!
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 sixth year, thanks to John Hancock, the Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team will be able to continue raising funds to help provide critical support for emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness teaching and training at Mass General; efforts that benefit victims worldwide.
These funds are crucial to ensure that Mass General is ready for the next disaster, man-made or natural, and to 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. Donors, like you, are critical to our success. Time spent training is not covered by insurance and often takes place outside work hours. Any donation towards the Mass General Emergency Response team allows Mass General to be ready when seconds count.