Why I’m running the Boston Marathon:
The first time I ever visited Boston was in February of 2013, I was competing at a rowing event with the Saint Joseph High School Crew Team, from my hometown of Metuchen, NJ. I was a junior at the time and had just started to look at colleges. Between rowing events I visited several schools: Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern University (where I would eventually attend, and graduate from). I instantly fell in love with the city of Boston, and knew I was destined to move here and eventually call it my home.
Two months later the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon occurred. I remember being deeply affected by it; I thought “how could something so horrendous happen in such an incredible city like Boston?” The next day I went to my high school guidance counselor, and told her I wanted to help! We established a fundraiser, attending our high school’s sporting events as well as local town events to raise money for One Fund Boston (a charity that had been set up for the victims of the bombings). Over the course of the next month or so, we raised just over $3,000 for the victims of the bombing. Because of this, I’ve always felt a deep connection with the city of Boston, and since my junior year of high school it has been a life goal of mine to run the marathon
Why I’m running on behalf of the Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team:
I find myself incredibly fortunate to work for Natixis Investment Managers; a firm well known in Boston for its philanthropic effort, dedication to community, and charitable efforts. Through our corporate events team, I heard that some of our partners were looking to fill spots on their marathon teams. When I saw Mass General’s name on the list I instantly knew that it was the team I wanted to support for two reasons: Mass General did an incredible job caring for the victims of the bombing years before, and is an organization that is a symbol of Boston. Secondly, one of my closest friends and roommates, works in the emergency room of the hospital. I’ve heard from him and countless others that Mass General goes above and beyond for all of their patients, and is at the forefront of modern medicine. The Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team was founded in recognition of the hospital employees after the marathon bombing, and it would be an honor to represent them in this year’s marathon.
About The Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team:
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.