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Robert SAYS:
Dear friends and family, Gr…
Dear friends and family,

Greetings from Boston, one week after the Boston Marathon 2014. What an amazing day! The vibe was palpable from pre-start to post-finish. It was an incredible celebration, that I was privileged to be a part of – thanks to all of you because of your support.

I had the pleasure of running with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Marathon team. I also had the very personal privilege of running the first 24 miles with people that inspire me:
- my “uncle” Joe Welty (5-time Boston Marathoner, and award-winning family physician from Illinois)
- John Scott (BWH global surgery resident who will be working in Rwanda with me next year)
- Kirstin Scott (John’s wife, ultramarathoner, on her second marathon of the day to honor last year’s victims)
- Mike VanRooyen (emergency medicine colleague, and director of the Harvard Humanitarian Institute)
- and a cameo appearance by Rebecca Weintraub (old friend, and director of the Global Health Delivery Project) at mile 23.
The last 2.2 miles I ran by myself, though there were ten of thousands of intensely supportive fans all about. Still, not nearly as fun… that was the real test of endurance for me. And thanks to all the folks above, I made my finish time goal of just under 4 hours.

Next, I was inspired by the ubiquitous Boston fans, who overflowed with energy, humor, pride, and frankly just plain love of their city and towns. There were many throughout the course from the Brigham family. And my own family (Beth, Zachary, sister Gaby, and aunt Jean) was awesome, braving the hoards with a 4 year old. We finally found an entity with more energy than our son Zachary – the entire Boston Marathon crowd! The entire event was marvelously well organized, and visibly secure. It was celebration of resiliency, of the perseverance of the human spirit, and clearly was also a major step in healing. Let it also have been a celebration of solidarity with people for whom the insecurity we felt last year is a daily reality.

So, once again, thank you. Thank you for supporting Brigham and Women's Hospital, the institution that has allowed us to engage in the effort to pursue and create equity in health care for the destitute sick and injured. Thank you to each of you for the financial and moral support for me – for the love, the faith, and the joy.

Yours sincerely,
Robert

PS – I think I might be hooked on this… perhaps you should expect an email from me in about 10 months about the 2015 Boston Marathon…
3 years ago
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Robert
Robert SAYS:
Hi Rosanna (and Ben-Jamin…. …
Hi Rosanna (and Ben-Jamin…. and Jill too!)

Thank you for the support! You guys are awesome. Can't wait to see you in a few weeks!. For letter below. Miss/love you guys.

Robert

Dear friends and family,

Greetings from Boston, the day after the Boston Marathon 2014. What an amazing day! The vibe was palpable from pre-start to post-finish. What an incredible celebration.

I had the privilege of running with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Marathon team. I had the very personal privilege of running the first 24 miles with people that inspire me – my “uncle” Joe Welty, John Scott, Kirstin Scott, Mike Vanroyen, and a cameo appearance by Rebecca Weintraub at mile 23. The last 2 miles I ran by myself… a lot less fun… that was the real test of endurance for me. And thanks to all the above, I made my finish time goal of just under 4 hours.

Next, I was inspired by the ubiquitous Boston fans, who seemed pretty inspired themselves. There were many throughout the course from the Brigham family. And my own family (Beth, Zachary, sister Gaby, and aunt Jean) was awesome, braving the crowds with a 4 year old – we finally found an entity with more energy than our son Zachary – the entire Boston Marathon crowd! The whole thing was amazingly well organized, and amazingly secure. It was celebration of resiliency, of the perseverance of the human spirit, that clearly was also a major step in healing. Let it also have been a celebration of solidarity with people for whom last year’s insecurity is a daily reality.

Thank you to all for the financial and moral support, for the love, the faith, and the joy.

Yours,
Robert
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Rosanna Tolomei
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