BENEFITING: WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION
I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. Running is the major sport in Kenya and we ran a marathon every Friday evening from elementary to high school. I still love to run. After graduating high school in Kenya, I knew my future depended on me making a major move to America. I landed at JFK July 2001 with three pairs of pants, $30 and a boat load of hope. In 2008, I was hired for the Kidney and Liver pre and post-transplant unit (4 South) at Westchester Medical Center. Working in this environment, I had the opportunity to take care of patients and families as they dealt with the everyday struggles of organ failure.
In 2015, I transferred down to the Cardiothoracic Units, CTICU, and I once again had the chance to take care of heart transplant patients. The life that most of my transplant patients live with their families is of great courage and faith. They make the decision to fight and keep a positive spirit and they rely on our medical teams during their most scary moments. Families visit sometimes for months and do not give up on their loved ones.
Westchester Medical Center is the premier provider of advanced medical care in New York’s Hudson Valley region. The flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, this 895-bed academic hospital located in Valhalla, New York, provides local residents with acute care services - Level I trauma and burn care, organ transplants and advanced neurovascular procedures and more - found nowhere else in the region. Westchester Medical Center is the primary referral facility for other hospitals in the Hudson Valley and serves as a lifeline for more than 3.5 million people.
I am tremendously humbled to represent Westchester Medical Center and WMCHealth Network in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. I would like to go the distance for our transplant patients and help spread awareness on the importance of organ donation. Thank you for supporting me!.