BENEFITING: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
ORGANIZER: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016
This year, I am proud to be running in honor of one of Chris' young patients. Nathan is a 10 year old boy who was born prematurely at 26 weeks. He spent several months in the neonatal ICU while his lungs developed. Eventually he needed a tracheostomy due to a scar formation in his airway. Nathan underwent an airway reconstruction and multiple follow up surgeries and eventually his tracheostomy was successfully removed. Although his life is wonderfully improved, he continues to have some collapse of his airway that makes it very difficult for him to exercise without becoming short of breath. The money that I raise will help to fund Chris' research team as it works to build a fully bioresorbable silk stent to strengthen Nathan's airway while he grows.
I'm also running again this year to support Chris' airway missions in South America. He will be returning to the Dominican Republic this Spring to perform airway reconstructive surgeries on children and to continue to train the local health care professionals so that his team will no longer be needed there and can move elsewhere to help other children around the world. Each mission trip costs about $35,000, and money that we raise through the marathon team will go directly into the mission fund. You can go to the Operation Airway website, www.MassEyeAndEar.org/OperationAirway, to learn more about the work that he and his team are doing.