Thank you for supporting me for a second year in a row. Many of you have followed my journey to 26.2 miles last year to support a good friend, Dakota Willette, who is a patient at Spaulding Rehab. Here’s her story...
“On December3rd of 2016 I was in a car accident that changed my life and my family's forever. I had fallen asleep while driving and crashed. The crash caused my car and I to be on fire. I would never have made it out alive if it wasn't for my guardian angels and a man that pulled over and got me out of my car and put the flames out on my body. At the time it was a blur but days later I woke up at Mass General surrounded by teary eyed family members and hospital faculty explaining my worst fears. I had been burned, but I had survived it with 43% 3rd degree burns on my back and left side. I was ultimately broken. By the time I made it to Spaulding I wanted to give up. Everything that was meant to help seemed like torture and I did not want to keep fighting. Spaulding changed that for me. They had therapists of all sorts help me step by step giving me hope to a recovery. They reminded me that my son needs me and still wants me in his life but that the work could only be done by me. I had an AMAZING team of people from Spaulding to help me everyday from nurses and wound care specialists to occupational therapists. They worked with me hours on end everyday and with a smile on their face and warm words of encouragement to keep me going. Spaulding also helped find me a mentor that was also a burn survivor that has helped me so much. I still have more surgeries to go and more treatments that Spaulding will help me with throughout my long recovery. I don't know where I would be without all the resources they have given me. Now here I am almost a year later and still find my strength everyday by using the tools and outlook that Spaulding gave me.”
The money raised throughout this journey will go to patients like Dakota recover and learn to live with whatever brought them to Spaulding.
I am taking on this journey again not because i need to prove to myself that I can run a marathon but to prove to myself and everyone else that there’s still good and strength left in this world.
From my experience last year of being on the team, i learned a lot about myself. I learned that I had the strength to run 26.2 miles. Also i learned I had the power to make a difference and passionately raise the funds for a great charity that benefits so many people in need. I got to know many of those patients (past and present) that made tremendous strides at the rehab hospital. At the time putting myself in their shoes made running a marathon look like a piece of cake. I envy the patients at Spaulding who endure countless hours of therapy on an area that they have been pained or been struggling with. These patients can truly not do it without the help of their doctors, the facility and US. This years funds will go to support Spaulding’s mission to improve the quality of life for those recovering from or learning to live with whatever brought them to the facility. #findyourstrength #raceforrehab #SpauldingRehab #Boston Marathon #BostonMarathon2018 #26.2miles #peoplehelpingpeople #thegoodinthisworld #thegoodisthere #onedayatatime #onepersonatatime
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital wrote:
Since 2005, more than 400 athletes have made the historic journey from Hopkinton to Boston as members of Spaulding’s Race for Rehab Team. Running for those who can’t, these dedicated individuals have raised over $4.2 million in honor of Spaulding’s patients and caregivers. These funds support clinical care, promote medical education, and advance our many research initiatives to make a difference in the lives of our patients.
Every dollar raised by the Race for Rehab team will support Spaulding’s mission to improve the quality of life for persons recovering from or learning to live fully with illness, injury or disability. Your support and investment in our hospital will help our team reach the finish line and our patients find their strength.