Camaraderie. Family. Support system. While there are many charities that are super influential in the community, I feel that there is not a single team out there that can beat the members of the MGH running community. I chose to run for the Emergency Response team back in 2018, just 5 short years post marathon bombing. I had worked the medical tent at the finish line during 2013 & my goal in 2018 was to take that day back. To come across that finish line from the winning side. I have successfully reached that goal, however…I want more. I can do more. Let us not forget the horrific weather that day, the worst in Boston Marathon history. I COULD NOT have asked for better teammates throughout the training season let alone race day. I would look forward to seeing these people regularly & I became accustomed to them being a part of my everyday life. As amazing as it was to cross that finish line from an emotional & physical standpoint, that was it. I was blue. I was cold. I cried to tears of happiness, tears of joy & course why am I crying tears. Training was done. Did I just complete the Boston Marathon? What just happened? Wow, that was not my best time by any means. It took quite some time to process, in fact a few months. I look at my medal everyday as it hangs over my bed to make sure it is still real. It is. I did it. I can do it again. I can be better.
I must say, I am also partial to running for MGH because I am a current employee. I am a nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Need I say more? I love my job. I love my colleagues. I love what we do as a unit & as an institution. MGH has my heart for a multitude of reasons. More importantly, they have been there when I needed them the most. I would not want to run for a different charity. This charity holds a very close place in my heart.
Lastly, let’s not forget all the amazing incentives that come along with training for MGH. The staff are beyond dedicated toensuring that we as runners perform at our best. The first informational night says it all. From physicians and therapists tothe famous Dan Fitzgerald from The Heartbreak Hill Running Company. There is so much to be said about setting us up for success. The next 6 months are humbling but oh so gratifying
In 2014, the Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team was created in recognition of the lifesaving response of hospital employees following the 2013 Boston Marathon® bombings. The ER Team has raised more than $2.3 million in six years, providing critical funding to the hospital’s emergency preparedness and disaster medicine efforts that benefits victims worldwide.
Marathon funds support the training and resources needed to develop a carefully integrated response that spans multiple departments throughout the hospital and ensures that Mass General is ready for the next disaster – be it man-made or natural.
“There’s no room for error,” says David Brown, MD, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mass General. “Our performance must be flawless. As in football, if one player of the 11 on the field doesn’t do the job, the play fails.”
At Mass General, we take emergency planning very seriously. Preparing for that next disaster takes thoughtful training and lots of practice. Donors are critical to our success. Time spent training is not covered by insurance and often takes place outside work hours. Money raised by the Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team allows Mass General to be ready . . . ready when second’s count.