3:50pm. My cross country team, (pictured) jumped into the car after hours of handing and scrapping up GU off the streets with shovels at mile 17 of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Sticky, tired, but smiling we turned on the radio, ready to jam back to Merrimack, completely unaware of how much our lives were about to change. As I turned up the volume, I noticed a sense of stress in the radio announcers voice. Explosions. Injuries. Something was happening at the marathon finish line. My mind flashed to when I had last seen my mom at 17, running in the marathon with her friend. Where was she? I picked up the phone. Yes! She answered... She was at 22. "Turn back!" I yelled and tried to explain as much as I knew. The line cut out...
I felt helpless. To this day, the hours confusion, cutoff cell reception, and tears still haunt me. Though thankfully she and her friend narrowly avoided the chaos, 5 people, a family friend, an MGH coworker, her husband, a future classmate, and her mother were seriously injured. Fortunately, none of them had lost their life. It is why even as a Boston qualified runner, I run for MGH. Running for this team is my small part in thanking MGH and all emergency personal for being ready at a moment's notice.
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, 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 at a moment’s notice.