Five words I’d never thought I’d say: I’m running the Boston Marathon.
After being offered a spot on Mass General’s 2020 Marathon team, that mindset quickly changed. MGH was there for my family and I during the most difficult time of our lives — when my Dad, Tim Curran, unexpectedly passed away in October of 2018.
Between August and October, we spent every day at MGH. Behind every tear, surgery, coffee run, and complicated medical explanation, there was always a dedicated MGH professional there to offer us comfort at a time where everything felt dark.
In hindsight, the staff at MGH embodied everything that I love and admire about my Dad: his intelligence, compassion, honesty, generosity, and understanding. For my Dad to have been given such phenomenal care that reflected so many of his core values was more than I could ever ask.
As a way of expressing a shred of this gratitude, this year I’ll be running the Boston Marathon for MGH in his memory. More specifically, I’ll be fundraising for MGH’s Emergency Response team. What better representation of MGH’s world class staff is there than these individuals — a team who fights daily to overcome adversity and help others overcome life's most unexpected obstacles. Even more fitting, the Emergency Response Team was created in recognition of the lifesaving response of hospital employees following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
I’ve watched the Boston Marathon every year since I can remember. Up until this past year, I struggled to understand where most runners were able to find their drive, their motivation, to finish 26.2 miles. Now I've found it. My Dad and MGH have given me this energy.
I am honored to run for such an amazing Charity in my Dad’s name - and I’d be eternally grateful if you’d help me get there!