BENEFITING: Brigham and Women's Hospital
ORGANIZER: Brigham and Women's Hospital
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
Why on Earth is he running a marathon?
My thoughts exactly. For those of you that know me, you know that I am not a runner (or even a walker, for that matter). I am not the fastest, most athletic or in the best shape. I had NO running experience, NO training and NO idea where to even start this adventure. I will not look good in my running outfit. Truth-be-told, I am a late-thirties, overweight guy that needed a goal to get my butt up and moving. This was not a spur of the moment idea, although a marathon does seem a bit much for a novice. Many have urged me to train for a 5K or even a half-marathon. Well, for those of you that tried to convince me of a "more achievable" goal, you don't know me very well. I have been training (on my own) since October and I will compete in the Boston Marathon and I will finish. It won't be pretty. Perhaps I'll use some of the funds raised to help defray the cost of the search party to come find me 7 hours after I pass the starting line.
So, really, why am I running. Getting in better shape is always on the list (but whose list is it not on). Attaining a feeling of accomplishment would be nice (I will only tell you each 1000 times that I finished the Boston Marathon during a casual conversation). The true answer is, I'm running for something much more important than me. I have dedicated my professional career to helping those suffering from kidney disease. Helping my patients is what drives me. For those that don't know kidney disease affects 15% of the world population and it is frequently undetected until most of a patient's kidney function is gone.
I am running the Boston Marathon with my Brigham and Women’s colleagues to help raise awareness of kidney disease and advance the research in kidney transplantation, the main treatment option once kidneys fail. So, I urge you to help us to continue to make a difference for kidney patients by supporting our marathon efforts.
Will I do it? I promise each and everyone of you that donates to our cause that I will finish this race. I will not break records (unless there is a record for slowest recorded time), nor will I look good doing it. But, I will finish what I start.