In June 2011, I was admitted to Tufts Medical Center when I was 25-weeks pregnant with severe preeclampsia. After spending seven weeks in the hospital with my 3-year-old daughter Caroline and husband Kevin at home, I ended up delivering my daughter Cailin at 33 weeks. Cailin weighed 2 pounds 13 ounces and required the services and amazing care of the NICU at Floating Hospital. In 2012, 2013, and 2014 I ran the Boston Marathon in support of the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation. However, the Foundation no longer gets marathon numbers from John Hancock.
This year I am looking for another way to give back to the Hospital that did so much for our family. I will be running the 2019 Cambridge Half Marathon in support of the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation. After spending 2 months in the hospital and then having Cailin spend time in the NICU at Floating Hospital running 13.1 miles will be my way of giving back to all of those that supported us. As I run the my thoughts will be with all those who have benefited from the Floating Hospital's care and to those who will need it in the future.
Founded after former Boston Bruin Ace Bailey died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation raises money to benefit the Floating Hospital for Children in Boston. The Ace Bailey Children's Foundation is currently raising funds to establish a donor-advised Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation Endowment Fund to maintain and equip the areas that have been built and renovated over the past seventeen years. This dedicated fund will keep the facilities maintained to the highest standards for each new patient and their family.