Hi everyone! Thank you for taking the time to visit my fundraising page. I am thrilled to announce that I will be running the 2020 Boston Marathon for Team Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in support of BID-Milton! This will be my first marathon and I am excited to be running in my hometown of Boston. BIDMC has become a big part of my families’ lives over the past few years. My father was a participant in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in 2017 that is offered at BID-Milton, my older sister Amy was a former runner for Team BIDMC in 2018, my younger sister Kara is currently a CNA at BID-Milton, and my mother has been everyone’s biggest supporter when work, training, or rehab has been tough!
In 2017, my dad was fortunate enough to attend the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program following a procedure he had to re-open the arteries leading to his heart. This program is designed for patients who have heart disease. It teaches participants how to make specific changes in their lives including diet, exercise, and stress management that lead to a healthy and happy lifestyle. Everyone that knows my dad saw how this impacted his life in the best way possible. To this day my dad still talks about how wonderful this program was and how fortunate he was to be a part of it.
Please join me in my journey of 26.2 by helping to raise money for all of the amazing work that BIDMC does! All of the money raised goes directly to BID-Milton. Any donation big or small makes a difference and helps to support other patients like my dad! I am so excited to run on behalf of this organization. I hope to see some of you along the way on April 20, 2020!
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.