BENEFITING: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
ORGANIZER: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
Growing up in Brighton, the Boston Marathon has always held a special place in my heart. Living along the route, I have had the opportunity to witness many incredible individuals achieve their dreams. From the first female runner, Katherine Switzer, to the inspiring racers in wheelchairs, I have been fascinated by the motivation and drive necessary to make it to the finish line.
Throughout my career as a nurse which began in the 1970s, I have been continually inspired by the achievements of people who have found the strength to move beyond life-altering challenges and accomplish what once seemed impossible. I recognized that just like the marathoners I saw as a girl, with the power of motivation and drive you can accomplish great things.
Looking at the world through the eyes of a soon to be 60 year old mother, friend, nurse, and hospital executive, I realize how fortunate I am to work for Spaulding, an organization whose mission is focused on empowering people to live their lives to the highest level of quality possible. The people I am proud to call colleagues never accept barriers, and if a path to something better doesn’t exist, they find it. Whether it’s a robotic exo-skeleton that enables someone to stand again or a simple adaption to a key board to give a voice to someone who thought they would never speak again, the team at Spaulding always drives themselves and their patients to accomplish great things.
Each year, I have enjoyed watching the incredible members of the Spaulding Race for Rehab Team and celebrating their terrific accomplishment at the finish line. The team helps to make the world a better place. The money raised supports every patient and family who comes to a Spaulding facility—from innovative research to subtle changes such as a refurbished family lounge which offers respite and comfort. Each member of the Race for Rehab Team knows in their heart the greatest victory of all: to exceed their own limits to benefit others. The culmination of seeing the runners as a young girl and working with exceptional individuals everyday has truly inspired me. I am not an athlete, I am not a runner, but I have found the motivation and drive to train and join the Spaulding Race for Rehab Team in the 2013 Boston Marathon.
While this is a big challenge for me, I know with the support of the Race for Rehab Team and a purpose as meaningful as supporting the patients, staff, and families of Spaulding, I can accomplish what once seemed impossible. I hope you can give any amount to help me achieve my goal of $10,000 all of which goes to the programs and people of Spaulding.
With the support and encouragement of my family, friends and you, I know in my heart that like so many I’ve seen before, I will cross the finish line in Boston in April. Thank you