BENEFITING: Brigham and Women's Hospital
ORGANIZER: Brigham and Women's Hospital
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
Mileage Tracker: 165
Why are we running?
Kidney disease affects 15% of the world population and it is frequently undetected until most of the kidney function is gone.
I am running the Boston Marathon with Brigham and Women’s colleagues, patients, and friends to raise awareness of kidney disease and advance the research in kidney transplantation, the main treatment option once kidneys fail. In particular, our research at BWH focuses on developing a novel blood test that would allow us to identify kidney damage earlier, in time to initiate treatment before permanent loss occurs.
I am running in honor of my patients: Frank, John and Alex. They suffered early loss of their kidneys, requiring a kidney transplant. They are fighters and survivors that drive us to further advance our field.
Another important inspiration for the 2013 Kidney Team is Dr. Murray (attached photo), a Nobel Prize winner, who recently died at age 93. Dr Murray's perseverance, vision and attitude culminated with the performance of the first kidney transplant in 1954 here at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Help us to continue to make a difference for kidney patients by supporting our marathon efforts.
April 16th, 2013
Sometimes it is hard to tell what is going on with humanity and how could a tragedy like this happen... Despite all the sadness, I would like to thank all of you who contributed to our cause. Fortunately, all runners from our BWH Kidney Team and family members did not get hurt. I crossed the finish line minutes before the explosion.
I cannot tell in words how humbling this experience has been in many fronts. I have uploaded some pictures of the joyful moments that this event irradiates, hoping we could rely on those memories to move us forward.
Thank you again for supporting our Campaign "Running for Healthy Kidneys". Collectively, our team fundraised more than U$38,000 for kidney research. But the campaign was not only about fundraising, but also to raise awareness of kidney disease. This continued even minutes before the marathon, wen we convinced some runners not to take so many NSAIDs... One of them was planning to take 600mg of ibuprofen every 20 min!
At this time, our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones. We promise our patients and supporters to work even harder to make a difference in kidney disease.
for the BWH Kidney Team
PS. Special thanks to my wife Ana who is my biggest supporter and the love of my life; to my family for providing inspiration; and to my patient Frank who ran the last few miles with me and helped me increase my pace again after Break Hill and finish the marathon exact 4 minutes before the tragic event...