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Dear Steve and Jen, Thank …
Dear Steve and Jen,

Thank you for the generous support. It really is a privilege to be able to run with the BWH team and to be supported by folks like you.

As you may know, we have very recently had a major change in our lives. In fact, the email I sent I did write in Rwanda, but it was sent from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The reason being is that we were informed all of the sudden that the adoption from DRC that we had been working on for over 3 and half years had finally gone through. So, we rapidly left Rwanda, flew to Kinshasa, DRC and are now in our Boston home with our enlarged family – me, Beth, Zachary (age 6) and now Emmanuel (“Manu” – age 5). We are very, very grateful. We hope soon we will be settled enough to send out an announcement.

In the midst of this, still training for the Boston Marathon… Thank you for your ongoing support. It means a great deal to me – thank you deeply for your partnership in this.

All the best,
Robert
2 years ago
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Robert
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Hello wonderful donors to th…
Hello wonderful donors to the BWH Marathon Team,

It has been almost 2 weeks since the Boston Marathon. I wanted to take one last opportunity to say thank you for your very valuable support - and to give you a bit of an update.

The weather on Marathon Monday could not have been more appropriately matched to the training conditions all winter - 44'f, raining, head winds. Epic. An incredible day - the fans and support crew were undeterred by the conditions. The BWH support team did a terrific job of encouraging and optimizing the conditions before the race start. A great sense of solidarity.

For those who are wondering - my finishing time was 3:34. Last year was 3:58. I was shooting (aspirationally) for 3:15, qualifying for my age group... so, I have closed the gap by more than half. Perhaps next year we'll get it. (Yes,this marathon and this team is a habit-forming experience).

A couple days after the marathon, I flew to London for the launch of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. The report (entitled "Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare and economic development") and all the efforts around it, represent a major step forward in the work to create access to safe, affordable and timely surgical and anesthesia care for all people. It is exciting and a privilege to be at an institution that supports such global work. If you are interested in perusing the Commission outputs, the following website has all the links.

http://www.globalsurgery.info/

Thank you again for supporting me and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Enjoy the Spring!
Robert


2 years ago
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Robert
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A quick warm enthusiastic th…
A quick warm enthusiastic thank you!! ...to all 85 of my wonderful supporters. We are on the bus to Hopkinton, to get this race going. It is cold and raining in Boston – how incredibly appropriate. Thank you to all of you for making this day a reality for me, and for your support to Brigham and Women's Hospital and all the life.giving.breakthroughs that it provides.

All the best,
Robert
2 years ago
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Robert
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Hey Steve, Very generous! T…
Hey Steve,

Very generous! Thank you for supporting me (and our beloved BWH) in this effort.

Yeah... training this year has been character-building for sure - what with the 5'F runs and the 5ft of snow piled on the side of the road. I don't know if it will all be gone by April 20... but if it will stop coming down by then, that would be good enough.

And now, after (or rather in parallel) to raising this $10K, time to go raise at least $60K to facilitate JWS's third year. Very good news - I thought for sure DSS's semi-inebriated statements over dinner in LV were the harbinger of a final NO. =)

Thanks again for everything,
All the best,
Robert
3 years ago
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Robert
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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
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Steven, Sorry for the dela…
Steven,

Sorry for the delay in my thank you. Had the lovely excuse of family coming into town to run and support the Marathon. Thank you for your contributions! What an encouragement to have such a wide base of support. What an amazing day. ANd got to spend the majority of it with our co-prodigy. Super fun. John's an impressive technical coach; he kept me exactly on pace throughout the race. Please see the group letter below!

Warmly,
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
3 years ago
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