I am doing it again! I am running my sixth straight Boston Marathon, once again to support the research at Mass. Eye and Ear that is leading to life-changing cures and new treatments for blinding eye diseases. Thanks to the incredibly generous support of so many of you, my marathon runs over these past five years have raised more than $175,000 for eye research at Mass Eye and Ear.
Last year's marathon was a tough one, to put it mildly. Boston was experiencing a classic nor'easter. It was unseasonably cold, with torrential rains and strong headwinds all twenty six miles of the course. The race became all about completing, not competing. Many of the elite runners dropped out. I successfully finished, far from my fastest time by a long shot, but I finished. I completed what I set out to do.
Mass Eye and Ear has long been near and dear to my family, dating back to the 1960's when my Ankeny grandparents came to Boston for sight-saving retina surgeries by an innovative young surgeon named Dr. Charles Schepens. Their gratitude toward Dr. Schepens led to many years of service and support for Schepens Eye Research Institute, and now Mass Eye and Ear. My father at 86 is still a devoted and active member of the Board at MEEI. I am honored to carry on the family legacy myself as I continue to serve Mass. Eye and Ear as a trustee.
This is an exciting time right now at Mass Eye and Ear, as the Bold Science. Life Changing Cures Campaign moves forward. They promise that every child will see and hear throughout his/her lifetime. I am honored to run to make the research for these life-changing cures possible, but again I need your help in reaching my fund-raising goal of $20,000.
Thank you all for your tremendous support, as philanthropy is so essential to this mission! PLEASE JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE WORK AT MASS EYE AND EAR BY DONATING TODAY. Every mile we run and every dollar we raise takes us closer to finding cures for blinding eye disease. Together we can MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Mass Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck. Each year, 300,000 people—adults and children—from 80 countries seek care at Mass. Eye and Ear and 20,000 of them undergo life-changing surgery.
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