I am THRILLED to be running the 2020 Boston Marathon in support of an amazing cause so near to my heart, as a member of the Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team ! Prior to ever being a runner and moving to Beantown, I had the honor of serving my hometown community in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician. I partnered with emergency responders to provide critical care and response to our local community. As an EMT, I saw the value of innovation, training, and planning across our team.
As my life and career brought me to my home in Boston, my passion to run had also been sparked. I am inspired and in awe by the first responders, healthcare professionals, and good Samaritans who brought out the best of our city after the 2013 marathon attacks.
I am going to train and run with everything I got -- just like these amazing heros did and still do today in responding to diasters.
To my family and friends who serve our community, to the MGH staff and professionals who save and impact so many lives, to our first responders, and to all of my beloved friends and family who have pushed me to run a little harded...this one is for you!
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.