I am excited to be running the Boston Marathon through Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Team BIDMC!
After working with elders in the healthcare field in Plymouth over the last six years, I have a new appreciation and gratitude for our community hospital BID-Plymouth. The quality of care and access to resources is a blessing to our community. The programs outlined below will all benefit from the funds raised through Team BIDMC this year.
My sister Shannon is an inspiration for me to take on the challenges of both finishing the marathon and raising funds to support this worthy cause. She ran six consecutive Boston Marathons raising an incredible amount of money for cancer research in honor of our cousin Kerri and others in our lives who were taken far too young.
I will be also running and raising money in honor of Kerri and those in my family we lost to cancer. I am hopeful that everyone’s contributions here will help families currently fighting their own battles with the help of the BIDMC programs below.
Thank you for any contribution you can make to our community hospital BID-Plymouth through Team BIDMC. I am so grateful for your support as are the thousands of people who are cared for by the BIDMC network in greater Plymouth.
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.