I am pleased to be a part of Mass Eye and Ear’s Operation Airway Team for the 2018 Boston Marathon. Running the Marathon has always been on my ‘bucket list,’ but this year it has taken on a deeper meaning: I am running the 2018 Marathon in memory of my brother, Dr. Richard Field, and his fiancée, Dr. Lina Bolanos, who were tragically, prematurely taken from us on May 5, 2017. Richard was a renowned anesthesiologist and co-founder of North Shore Pain Management in Beverly, Mass., while Lina was a beloved pediatric anesthesiologist at Mass Eye and Ear.
I have joined Operation Airway’s effort to raise $300,000 to fund missions for Mass Eye and Ear specialists to travel Colombia, Lina’s native homeland, to perform essential airway surgeries on children and families which cannot afford such procedures. My personal target is to raise at least $15,000 toward the Team’s goal.
Funds raised through the Operation Airway Team will not only enable Mass Eye and Ear specialists to perform procedures on children who have difficulty speaking, breathing and swallowing, but monies will also benefit airway research.
Please join me in supporting Operation Airway and honoring the memory of Richard and Lina.