BENEFITING: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
ORGANIZER: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
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I am so honored and excited (and a bit nervous!) to be running the 2014 Boston Marathon, my first of such 26.2-mile racing endeavors to date! I have two motivating forces that lead me to taking on this challenge.
First, my personal motivation is really a means to further challenge myself in light of the major lifestyle changes I undertook this year. Briefly, since January 2013, I have lost over 60 pounds (and counting!) by living a healthier life and, of course, by incorporating running in to my world. I never saw myself as a runner. Like ever. But I mentally persevered to get myself running some longer distances and as a result have found a true love for the sport. Running has had such a positive mental and physical impact on my life. I would even go so far as to say running has saved my life. I’m proud to report that I finished the B.A.A. Half Marathon in October 2013 with a race time that surpassed the goals I had set for myself. I am excited to take on the Boston Marathon as the next challenge in my own personal journey towards a healthier and happier me!
Second, I have a professional motivation for running, being an employee of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) (Case Manager for the Spinal Cord Injury Program). The events following the Marathon bombings last year put SRH in a worldwide spotlight, highlighting the incredible work and rehabilitative care we provide patients at our facility. While I was not directly involved in the care of survivors from the Marathon bombings, I am beyond proud to have witnessed the exceptional impact my colleagues, my friends, made on all of these individuals’ lives. I believe it is so important to continue highlighting the work SRH does because while we found ourselves and our work broadcast globally for many months in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy, it is also important to remind people that such phenomenal rehabilitative care is taking place every single day. It is my pleasure to be fundraising to support the work at our hospital. I can think of no more worthy cause than sustaining the innovative rehabilitation practices and research that are directly benefiting all of our patients on a daily basis. I am taking on running the 2014 Boston Marathon and fundraising for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital as another way to support all of our patients in finding their strength.
I am so grateful for my wonderful network of family and friends who I know will be an invaluable emotional and mental support during my training process. I appreciate any financial contribution you are able to make to my fundraising effort. 26.2 miles, here I come!
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital wrote -
Running for a Purpose: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to once again partner with John Hancock as part of their non-profit marathon program. Over the past two years, 47 members of the Race for Rehab Team raised over $300,000 to support Spaulding's Annual Fund, dedicated to providing support to the hospital's most pressing needs including: patient care, teaching, research and capital improvements. For the past 8 years, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital has successfully recruited more than 100 individuals to run the Boston Marathon in support of the hospital, and has raised almost a million dollars.
We are so thankful for the hard work and dedication of all of our runners, as well as the friends and family members who support them.
The 2014 marathon will surely be an emotional and history-making event in Boston. Spaulding's 2014 team will be dedicated to all those that were impacted by the tragic events.
Spaulding’s new facility in the Charlestown Navy Yard opened two weeks following the Marathon bombing serving 32 inpatients, including 15 who endured amputations and would need to learn how to walk on prosthetic limbs. Spaulding’s mantra, Find Your Strength, has never been more appropriate. Spaulding was there to help the survivors find their strength, and will be there for every patient who needs us in the future.