Dear friends and colleagues,
Year after year, I have been watching the thousands of runners on Beacon Street as they endured the pain for the privilege and pride of being among those who make it to the finish line of the Boston Marathon. I envied their strength and determination, and repeatedly dreamed of running it myself. On its own, however, this dream did not have enough zest to actually make me do it. Navigating life between clinical and preclinical studies, multiple grants, writing papers, giving lectures, mentoring students, attending monthly and sometimes weekly out-of-town meetings, being in the operating room 1-2 days a week, seeing patients who suffer unending headaches, and above all, maintain my deep involvement and boundless commitment to play a significant role in my family’s life – I did not think I would ever find the time to train. It was by far the strongest excuse I had. And then, while watching the 2016 Boston Marathon from my usual spot on Beacon Street, I finally realized that to override this excuse, I needed to combine the dream of running the Boston Marathon with another, more personal dream - of alleviating much, or at least some of the suffering that migraine headaches inflict on the millions of people who live with them daily.
So I decided to ‘Run for Headache’ …because it is the mission I bestowed upon myself 20 years ago, and a commitment I made to the headache patients I know, to my colleagues, and above all – to my family. It is how I define my identity.
My goal is to raise $75,000. Of these I hope to raise $25,000 through 1000 people who are willing to support me by donating $25 (each) as this number will demonstrate ‘better than a thousand words’ how many people are running with me – for headache. If successful, I will dedicate this money to increase awareness of disease burden among the different specialty clinics and doctors in the hospital who treat patients with migraine (including anesthesia, neurology, gynecology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, internal medicine, and dermatology) and provide them with attractive opportunities to become educated about the most current knowledge of migraine pathophysiology, diagnoses, and treatment options. To achieve this goal, we will secure two Grand Rounds slots annually in each department for clinically-relevant lectures on headache. The $75,000 would support this series of educational lectures.
While asking for your support is natural, it also carries the risk of putting you under pressure to do so. This is not my intention. Please know that our friendship and professional relationship are far more precious and important than all this, and remain completely independent of whether or not you do or do not help me raise the funding for my run for headache in the Boston Marathon.