I’m honored to run the 2020 Boston Marathon for the Mass General Hospital and Emergency Response Marathon Team.
I was inspired to run a marathon after a friend ran the 2018 Boston Marathon, in a nor’easter, in her daughter’s name. I have never been so moved! She was so inspiring that I instantly made running a marathon my goal.
I signed up for the Maine Coast Marathon this past May in honor of my grandmother, a breast cancer survivor, and before my double mastectomy surgery at MGH that following Monday of Mother's Day Weekend. Just five days before the race, my middle son Rocco was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and spent several days in Boston Children’s Hospital. Although my son’s life had just changed forever, he still wanted me to run the marathon. He watched me train and knew how much I wanted to complete my goal. I promised I would run a marathon — just not that one!
I applied for the Mass General’s Emergency Response Marathon Team because I felt an immediate connection to their mission. They are ready at a moment’s notice, just like our local Hull First Responders. Emergency Response Teams have come to my family’s aide in so many times of crisis: when our house burned to the ground nine days before Christmas in 2014, when our youngest son Marco went into anaphylactic shock, or during one of his epileptic seizures. MGH has felt like a home away from home during our youngest son’s neurological diagnosis of Benign Rolandic Epilepsy and my prophylactic double mastectomy. Our family has the strength to overcome life’s challenges, but our lives would not be the same without our Emergency Response Teams being ready when the seconds counted!
The Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team raises funds to help provide critical support for emergency care, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness teaching and training at Mass General; efforts that benefit victims worldwide.
These funds are crucial to ensure that Mass General is ready for the next disaster, man-made or natural, and to support the training and resources needed to develop a carefully, integrated response that spans multiple departments throughout the hospital.
I'm running because I want to do something bigger than myself and to help others! Also for my three sons Will, Rocco, Marco, and husband Lodovico. I look at what we have overcome as a family and know no matter the circumstance we are relentless and will persevere!
Eye Of The Tiger!