Dear Family and Friends,
I am honored to be running the 124th Boston Marathon on April 20th, 2020 as part of Team Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). BIDMC is a preeminent teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and is renowned for excellence in patient care, biomedical research, and community outreach. The entirety of the funds that I raise will go towards the BIDMC Cancer Center and the patient-specific treatments and exceptional care that the center provides.
My job as a researcher in BIDMC’s highly specialized radiology department is to not only conduct research, but go beyond that and support patients and their families during a period of anxiety and stress. I witness the physical, mental, and emotional burden that the breast cancer detection and diagnosis stage has on patients, and recognize the importance of having a concrete treatment plan and integrated care team in place. Every day I have the privilege of going to work knowing that I’m contributing to the well-being of others while working alongside some of the most qualified and dedicated radiologists, surgeons, nurses, and technicians. By taking a multidisciplinary approach, the breast research team is constantly working to improve upon and design new breast cancer detection mechanisms and breast procedure technology. The Cancer Center staff truly go above and beyond to ensure patients receive the most appropriate course of care.
I’ve always found the Boston Marathon to be such an inspirational event and have enjoyed spectating the race every Patriot’s Day since moving to the city several years ago. This will be my third marathon and first time running Boston. Completing the Boston Marathon, while representing a world-class hospital, is an accomplishment that I will cherish and take pride in for the rest of my life!
Any donation to help me reach my $10,000.00 fundraising goal is greatly appreciated. Cash and check offline donations are also accepted. Checks should be made payable to “Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center” or “BIDMC” with “Jennifer Thompson/Boston Marathon 2020” noted in the memo line. They should be mailed to:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Development, 330 Brookline Avenue (OV), Boston, MA 02215.
*Please ask if your employer has a matching gift program!
I am grateful for all of your kindness and support. Thank you so much!!
Team BIDMC is running to support a variety of programs, including the Cancer Center, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Annual Fund, kidney disease research, and Bowdoin Street Health Center's Healthy Champions Program. Several of our runners are also supporting our Needham, Milton, and Plymouth affiliates. Thank you for your support!
At the BIDMC Cancer Center, gifted physicians, outstanding nurses, and dedicated staff form a team that is committed to breakthrough treatments delivered with kindness and respect. Researchers have made several discoveries that have led to greater understanding of cancer mechanisms resulting in improved and innovative cancer care. And because we have always understood the physical and emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis, our specialists take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and develop unique support systems.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clinicians within our Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology deliver approximately 5,000 babies every year. The department has become a national, award-winning leader in the movement to improve health care quality and safety, pioneering a groundbreaking "team training" approach to reducing medical errors—a methodology based on safety principles from the military, commercial aviation, and other industries.
The Klarman Family Neonatal lntensive Care Unit (NICU)
Each year, approximately one in eight babies in the United States is born prematurely, which has a profound impact on newborns and their families. These vulnerable babies often present with complex medical needs, ranging from severe breathing trouble to underdeveloped organs, and require specialized care to give them a healthy start. The NICU provides state-of-the-art, family-centered care for about 1,000 high-risk newborns and their families each year.
The Annual Fund provides flexible funding to advance the priorities and projects that support our mission of providing unparalleled care for all of our patients, teaching the next generation of physicians, and finding cures for the most devastating diseases of our time.
Kidney Disease Research
Martin R. Pollak, M.D., and his team have identified a reason for the high rate of kidney disease in people of African descent and are actively working to alleviate this epidemic. Dr. Pollak and his team found that two common genetic variations in a gene called APOL1 are responsible for African Americans' greatly increased susceptibility to kidney disease—variations that likely become common because they protect against African sleeping sickness.
Bowdoin Street's Healthy Champions Program
The Healthy Champions Program is an anti-obesity, education, fitness, and community-building initiative serving children in the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester. Participants, or Healthy Champions, learn about the importance of healthy nutrition, food preparation, food access in their neighborhood, and fitness and healthy lifestyles. Perhaps most importantly, Healthy Champions serve as "ambassadors of health" to their families and peers in the community, sharing their knowledge about health and wellness while developing a sense of confidence in their ability to effect healthy changes in themselves and in the wider community.