I have never considered myself a runner. In fact I never ran more than 7 miles at one time, but becoming a father to Parker Ella has made me believe that we are capable of so much more than we may give ourselves credit for. My name is Mike Pannozzi, and I am a teacher/coach at Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA, as well as a spin instructor at Rev’d Indoor Cycling. I am a new father, in large part thanks to the amazing people at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. My wife (who was born at BIDMC 33 years ago) and I were expecting our little girl in July of this past summer. After a routine checkup around 32 weeks, my wife was sent to Beth Israel for some further testing, as her blood pressure was abnormally high. A day after being admitted she was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and was told she would have to stay in the hospital until she gave birth. With nearly two months until her due date we felt lost. Since I was still in the final weeks of the school year, I would commute between Boston, our home in Tewksbury, and my school in Beverly for the next week, visiting every evening after work. The doctors, nurses, and staff at BIDMC went above and beyond to make sure Alyssa and I (and her hoards of visitors) felt comfortable and accommodated. Every question we had was answered, every request we made was fulfilled, and they made us feel as at home as possible. A week after being admitted, I received a phone call from Alyssa, telling me that she was being sent "upstairs" to labor and delivery, and that it was "time." I rushed to the hospital where she was induced at 33 weeks and 4 days. After the longest 48 hours of our lives, they scheduled a c-section for Saturday morning, June 1st at 9:30 am. At 9:37 am, Parker Ella Pannozzi was born at 4 lbs 7 ounces, measuring 18 3/4 inches long. Since she was more than 6 weeks early, Parker was rushed upstairs to the NICU where I stayed with her for hours, while Alyssa returned to her room to recover. Later that afternoon, the three of us sat together as a new family- Parker in her isolete, Alyssa in her wheelchair, and me pacing around the room. Alyssa was required to stay in the hospital until the following Thursday, and I continued my treks into the city to see Alyssa and Parker daily. Once again, the care that Alyssa and Parker received was second to none. We learned what every cord connected to our sweet little girl meant, and were educated by the best nurses in the business on everything from changing diapers to feeding techniques, to what we needed to have prepared for the day we take Parker home. After a week in the NICU, she was then transferred to Winchester Hospital, a mere 15 minutes from our home. I remember vividly the day she was born, saying to Alyssa "Now I have a reason to run the marathon, I want to do it for Parker and the place that helped us through this difficult time." I have always thought about joining a charity, but never felt a strong connection with a cause, until 6/1/19. Parker is now nearly 4 months old, and weighs just about 12 lbs. We are forever thankful for all the doctors and nurses who helped us during our stay at BIDMC, and raising money for future families just like us is the least we could do to help show our gratitude.