Each year, during my four years at Northeastern University, I stood among the crowd that lined the streets of Boston cheering on the thousands of runners who participated in the Boston Marathon. Four years ago I moved back to Boston and have since continued my tradition - standing on the sidelines watching in awe, cheering and supporting those runners as they made their way to the finish line on Boylston Street. 2013, the year of the marathon bombings was no different - I was there among the crowd.
There has always been something special about the city of Boston on Marathon Monday. The unity among strangers, the excitement of the crowd and the determination of those who run not only for themselves but for their local charities. Since 2013, the marathon’s representation of strength has only gotten stronger. We are not only running for our personal causes, but for the victims, the survivors, for our city.
I have always thought I would love to join those runners – but with those thoughts came the doubt that I could never possibly run a marathon – or train through a New England winter. But as a friend of mine recently reminded me - one should never say never. I put my excuses aside and made a decision to take on this very exciting and challenging personal endeavor. You see, it’s not just about me. I wanted to raise money for an organization that I truly supported. As a nurse anesthetist, I spend the majority of my days working at Boston Medical Center with some of the most dedicated staff, treating patients from all backgrounds, socioeconomic status and lifestyles without discrimination.
Team BMC requires runners to raise $5,000 to help meet their organization’s goals. My personal goal is to raise $10,000. 100% of your donations will benefit "Building the New BMC" which includes a new Emergency Department (BMC is a level one trauma center) – a place that when complete, will benefit thousands of patients each year. On April 15, 2013, BMC staff cared for more than 20 victims of the marathon bombings. BMC services the indigent community and fundraising such as this continues to provide healthcare to those who would not receive it otherwise. Additionally, BMC supports programs dedicated to helping children with autism, families of domestic violence, children with cancer and individuals battling drug dependency.
Please join me in my race to meet my goal before I cross the finish line in April. No contribution is too small! Thank you in advance for your support.
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