Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues,
My name is Jackie Gattonini, and I have been a Diagnostic tech at Beth Israel Deaconess for almost 5 years - the time has really flown by since my first day as a student! I am writing to ask for your help.
This year, I have been so fortunate to receive an opportunity of a lifetime: to represent BIDMC in the Boston Marathon on April 15th, 2013. I will be running 26.2 miles, as a member of the BIDMC Grateful Nation Team.
BIDMC holds a very special place in my heart. I received my education and training here and I was given the opportunity to become a full time employee in 2008. I’ve met many wonderful people and friends as well as as husband, Anthony (CT). BIDMC is also where a close family friend sought life-changing care. I am truly honored to work at BIDMC and to be given the opportunity to represent BIDMC for its world class care.
I will be 1 of 10 runners supporting the programs and research at Beth Israel Medical Center, and I have pledged to raise $5,000. Please help me reach my goal. With your help and generosity, BIDMC will continue its research to improve the lives of the hundreds of patients that come to BIDMC. All contributions will make a large impact.
***To donate online, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/teamBIDMC/fundraiser/jackiegattonini
To donate on this page, please click the "Donate" button
***To Donate in person, stop me in the halls at work!
***or to send a check, please make payable to "BIDMC," and put Jackie Gattonini-Marathon in the memo section, and mail to:
39 Birchbrow Avenue
Weymouth, MA 02191
I will be accompanied by Dr. Martin Pollack, Chief of the Division of Nephrology. Dr. Pollack will be running to help continue the groundbreaking work he and his colleagues have done in recent years. Donations will help in continuing research into better treatment and prevention of kidney disease. Dr. Pollack and his team uncovered a common genetic mutation that may be partly responsible for African-Americans’ greatly increased susceptibility to kidney disease. African-Americans are five times more likely than Caucasians to have kidney disease. Dr. Pollack's team’s discovery brought researchers a step closer to eliminating this overwhelming difference, finding a potential cure, and developing better treatment and prevention methods. His work may also have important implications for treating heart failure, vascular disease, and other life-threatening illnesses to which kidney disease has been tied.
Donations will also help support the Healthy Champions Program at the BIDMC-affiliated Bowdoin Street Health Center. Healthy Champions teaches economically disadvantaged children about the health and wellness issues that are most important within the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood and how they can create positive change within their families, schools, and the community.
Please come out and support BIDMC on April 15, 2013. I hope to see some familiar faces in the crowds! I am so excited to run my first marathon!
Please support me by visiting my personal page often for updates, and making a donation - a gift at any level will help me reach my goal of $5,000!
Thank you in advance- THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
I really hope to see you there on April 15, 2013.
I know that times are hard right now, any donation is greatly appreciated. Please consider a gift to this great cause.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Grateful Nation Boston Marathon Team are committed to raising awareness of health care bias and promoting health equity in our communities. In 2013, we will continue to raise funds for the Healthy Champions Program at BIDMC-affiliate Bowdin Street Health Center and the work of theMartin R. Pollak, M.D., chief of the BIDMC Division of Nephrology.
Healthy Champions is an interactive program designed to create a way for economically disadvantaged young people to become ambassadors of health within their own families, schools, and the community. The Healthy Champions Program teaches Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood children wellness, prevention, and leadership and mentors them on spreading these important lessons to their families, neighbors, and school-age peers.
Dr. Pollak and his team have identified a reason for the high rate of kidney disease in people of African descent. Kidney disease is five times more likely to affect African Americans than other groups of people, and Dr. Pollak and his team are actively working to alleviate this epidemic. Over the next three to five years, Dr. Pollak aims to use his findings to better understand, prevent, and treat kidney disease in African Americans. He plans to develop a multifaceted approach to solving this problem that will be highly visible and have a large impact on the lives of individuals and their families.