Hello Everyone and thank you for visiting my fundraising page! I am very honored/excited to be running the 2019 Boston Marathon for MGH Emergency Response Team. My story starts out in Vermont where I had small town girl dreams of going to the big city to become a police officer. In 2011, a part of that dream became a reality when I started my Freshman year of College at University of Massachusetts-Boston. I was eating the city up and loving every minute of it. In 2013, however, my life changed forever as I watched the city and people I love survive and become stronger through the Boston Marathon Bombings. Witnessing the people of Boston come together along with the heroic actions by all first responders, moved me in ways that I cannot put into words. All I knew in the aftermath was that I never wanted to leave Boston and that I needed to do more somehow.
The inspiration that Boston gave me to be the best I could be, and being just a small town girl from VT, eventually led to me to joining the United States Air Force after graduating from college in 2015. Here I am today with not only the opportunity to finally give back to Boston after all the city has done for me, but to also give back to MGH as this Hospital has done amazing things for not only myself and family, but for people around the world.
Thank you all for simply being you and supporting me before and after I left for the Air Force. I promise I’m going to give this training cycle and the 123rd Boston Marathon the best I got for all of you. Thank you.
PS Be on Boylston St. when I finish and you’ll witness a rare occurrence (me crying) haha!
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.