On April 20th, 2020, I am running the 124th Boston Marathon! This will be my first marathon, and I am excited to be a part of the Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team.
The Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team was formed in 2014, in recognition of the lifesaving response of hospital employees during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. I volunteered at the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 15th, 2013. My group was responsible for reconnecting runners with their families, a street over from the finish line on Boylston. On that day and in the aftermath of the tragic events, I quickly realized the resiliency in my peers, the runners, the medical staff of area hospitals, and in Boston as a whole. Running in support of emergency preparedness will help support the training and resources needed to ensure a safe environment within the hospital and out in the community.
My connection to Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston Marathon has been multifaceted for over a decade. My connections to this cause make running the marathon that much more meaningful.
I will be running every step of the way in honor and memory of my mom, Ann Margaret Carey. On December 1st, 2009, my family and I lost our mom after her courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. My mom was treated multiple times at MGH throughout her illness. The Mass General Emergency Department is an entry to exceptional care for many, as it was for my mom. From the emergency department to the inpatient medical units, my mom always felt supported and cared for by her extraordinary nurses and doctors. She had an incredible way of staying optimistic through any obstacle, and the caregivers who surrounded her only strengthened her spirit. She was the strongest, most loving, woman I will ever meet. She was full of hope, and her determination to live life to the fullest is an example I try to live by every day.
My mom had a lasting impact on all around her. Anyone who knew my mom can understand this. She had a gift of making anyone around her feel like they were the most special person in the room. My mom touched so many lives and inspired friends and family over the years, many of whom who have honored her through training and fundraising for a number of important charities. The bonds she had with her caregivers was inspiring, to say the least. A few of her nurses became great friends; they had seen my mom's journey at the highs and the lows, and were by her side at each step along the way.
In 2010, one of my mom's nurses and friends, Jen, ran the 114th Boston Marathon in honor and memory of my mom. As I run, ten years later, I will certainly be thinking of Jen, my mom's nurses and doctors, our ever-supportive family & friends, and especially my mom, Ann Margaret. My mom always had incredible strength, hope, and determination, and she passed this on to so many people in her life. I am blessed to carry this with me every day, and I know my mom will be with me throughout my journey to the finish line on Boylston and beyond.