“I’m running the 2020 Boston Marathon”...wow. Wow you guys!
When I received a phone call on October 1st while in Mass General, 1 day post-op of Beau’s first reconstructive surgery, I broke down.
Since Beau has been born, we’ve undergone immense struggles as individuals and as a family. The darkest of times knocked on our door everyday. The nights consisted of both Gill and I, lying in bed listening and waiting for the next breath to come, fearful of Beau choking while he slept as a result of constant vomiting. Tearfully wondering “what else can we do? Who else can we call? How is this going to effect him? How is Gilly handling this?” Etc. Etc. He was failure to thrive, not even on the weight charts until the end of July. Born without enough surfactant, Beau nearly died after delivery. We had prepared for our baby to have a bilateral cleft lip and palate but we never even thought about the possibility of other complications or how debilitating a cleft lip and palate really is.
Running the Boston Marathon has always been a dream. Consistently out of reach as life never gave me what I thought was “the perfect time”. This race is symbolic. It represents so many different emotions and an incredible amount of resiliency from not only the runners but the volunteers, spectators and the entire city of Boston.
In honor of Beau, I am running the 2020 Boston Marathon for the Emergency Response Team at Massachusetts General Hospital. If it wasn’t for the amazing, dedicated team of doctors at MGH, I don’t know where Beau would be, if he were to be here at all. The pain, fatigue and discomfort from a 26.2 Marathon will never come close to the suffering Beau and my family has and will continue to endure as his journey continues for years to come. This is for my husband Gill, my son Gill and Beau... MGH gave me my family and now it’s my turn to give back.