On Sunday June 26th, I will run the 2016 Boston Athletic Association 10K road race in support of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. For reasons many of you understand, I have chosen to allocate all funds raised to Rhuematoid Arthritis (RA) research.
My mother was diagnosed with Rhuematoid Athritis, an autoimmune disease, when she was 23. Since that time she has had her left wrist fused, left foot reinforced with plates and screws and her right foot rebuilt and fused. Her right shoulder was replaced once and the left shoulder twice, with another one needed.
Brigham & Women's was the host of her brain surgery almost two years ago which was also due to her RA. Over the years her top two vertebrae had fused together and shifted upward into her skull, compressing her brain stem and causing neurological complications. The incredible neurosurgeons at BWH worked out a plan never before done and completed the 10 hour surgery entirely through her nasal passages. Similar surgeries previous to this, involved incisions through the back of the throat, back of head and neck.
The Brigham is a world-class facility that cares for patients from over 120 countries and across the United States. I am proud to run in support of this amazing facility that is fueling innovative training and life-changing discoveries that have already benefitted my mother and will benefit even more patients here in Boston and around the world.