I'm back! I'm so excited to have the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon in 2020 for the third time!
This year, I will be running for Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center to benefit the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund provides flexible funding to advance the priorities and projects that support BIDMC's mission of providing unparalleled care for all of their patients, teaching the next generation of physicians, and finding cures for the most devastating diseases of our time.
This organization is near and dear to my heart. From 2017-2018, I worked as an intern on the East Campus with Case Management + that experience completely changed the way I look at life. I worked on the Hematology/Oncology Unit and came across so many amazing souls that touched my heart in so many ways. From the good to the bad to the ugly, it was truly the internship of a lifetime, and I owe it all to BIDMC & the wonderful Case Management staff that gave me such an eye-opening & teaching experience.
In addition to my own personal experience, two of my sisters work(ed) at BIDMC as well. My oldest sister, Courtney worked as a nurse in the PACU for years until recently moving + my second oldest sister, Christine is a nurse in the PACU currently. They are both working everyday to provide the best possible care for their patients and it's truly an inspiration to watch.
One of the main reasons I want to run the marathon this year is because of my Grandmother, aka "Nan". In 2015, Nan was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Growing up, Nan and I were attached at the hip - we did EVERYTHING together. From food shopping at CVS, to trips to the mall, to walking to our favorite restaurant, we had a very, very close relationship. Her diagnosis in 2015 was not only devastating to me, but to my entire family. BIDMC was there through it all and provided the best care to her AND to us! The nurses/doctors/case managers were there through it all and were just amazing.
My main goal of running Boston this year is to raise money in hopes of erasing the tragic diseases that have plagued our society + that have taken our loved ones away from us too soon.
Thank you so much for the support - LETS DO THIS!