Thanks for visiting my page! Many people know that I'm a runner - but only a few know about my personal connection to Boston Medical Center and why running the Boston Marathon this year is so meaningful to me.
I moved to Boston nearly 7 years ago in April 2013. Two days after I arrived, my brother and I spent a warm Patriots Day cheering on runners of the 117th annual Boston Marathon from the patio of Atlantic Fish. It was a great spot about a block from the finish line. Thankfully, and for no reason in particular, we moved to another location before the bombs went off that day. But the memories of being on Boylston street that afternoon and in the days that followed have stayed with me.
Exactly one week later I arrived in South Boston for my first day of employment at Boston Medical Center (BMC). At 2:49 PM I gathered alongside my new colleagues - many of whom were personally involved in caring for victims of the bombings - for a moment of silence commemorating one week since the attacks. I didn't know it then, but the sense of community and commitment I felt in that gathering would come to define what it means to be a part of the team at BMC.
Maybe you've heard of BMC, but did you know that it is New England’s largest safety net hospital? I manage one of BMC's three outpatient rehab centers and am proud of the care we provide for any and every person who walks through our doors. More than any other hospital in Boston, we are committed to caring for the city's most vulnerable and underserved populations.
BMC has participated in the Boston marathon since 2002, raising more than $6.24 million for the hospital. I am thrilled to join Team BMC in running the 2020 marathon and, while this is not my first marathon, it is the first time I'm running as a fundraiser. I couldn't be more proud to support and represent Team BMC because I see firsthand the difference our system makes for families in need of quality healthcare -- and I know that donations from my family and friends will have a direct impact. Our donations to Team BMC this year will support investments in several key areas:
· Care for Complex Chronic Diseases
· Evidence-Based Substance Use Disorder Treatments
· Expanded Access to Mental Health Services
· Improvements in Access to Safe and Affordable Housing
· Programs to Address Known Social Determinants of Health
Please join me in supporting Team BMC to improve programs and access for those in greatest need of improved healthcare in our local community. By donating to Team BMC you are showing your commitment to the entire city of Boston.
Thank you for your support - and I hope to see you out on the course for my fifth marathon on April 20, 2020!