When the starter’s gun goes off in Hopkinton next April, look for me in the crowd of runners! It’s been a long-held dream of mine to be an official entrant in the Boston Marathon and this is the year that dream comes true. The personal satisfaction to come from finishing this race is going to be with me for a long, long time.
As important as this opportunity is to me, though, I want my marathon run to have some impact (on something more than just my feet!), some benefit to someone else. To accomplish that, and maybe reinforce my will power on Heartbreak Hill, I have joined a team of runners representing Mass General’s Emergency Response Team.
This team was created in 2014, in recognition of the lifesaving response of hospital employees following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The MGH Emergency Response Team is organized to raise funds for the hospital’s emergency preparedness and disaster medicine efforts that benefits victims worldwide. These 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! One hundred percent of the money raised goes directly to support this team.
Mass General Hospital is an outstanding medical center – rated by U.S. News & World Report as number 2 on the best hospitals honor roll. However, its reputation as a world leader in medical education, research and care has not lessened the hospital’s commitment to the neighborhoods most in need.
As part of my commitment to Team MGH, I have set a goal of raising $10,000 in contributions for this challenge. I am here to ask for your HELP in meeting my goal.
I hope you will be able to respond, generously, before March 1, so I can keep my focus strong on the physical training for the Boston Marathon.
Thank you, so very much, for joining me on this adventure of a lifetime!