I'm running the 2020 Boston Marathon!
I am running the Boston Marathon for Team BMC because of BMC’s mission to provide medical care for those in the most need in the Boston community. Growing up, I was drawn to medicine because I knew that doctors and nurses had the ability to care for someone during the most critical and tough events of their life, regardless of their ability to pay. In my almost 10 years as a physician, both in the military and treating the communities of Houston and Boston, I have seen how medical organizations, such as Boston Medical Center, have provided care for those who have no other avenue for medical treatment. I ask for your support in helping me to fundraise for Boston Medical Center and their community health centers, so those that need it most can have ‘exceptional care, without exception’.
I am honored to run for Team BMC because of their commitment to care for the underserved in Boston. I am running on behalf of my wife and the BMC community health center where she serves as a pediatrician. My wife has shared with me how BMC is able to provide a medical home for patients in need, from new immigrants to struggling families that are trying to make ends meet. She is continually amazed by the dedication of the staff at BMC to provide resources and support to help those in the community that need it most. I am humbled to run for a team that will help support patients to receive exceptional care in clinics such as her health center.
Thank you for your donation to my fundraising campaign for the marathon! Your support will be an inspiration for me as I train for the world's most iconic marathon during the upcoming Boston winter. I can't wait to make the 'Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston' !
Since 2002, Boston Medical Center has proudly participated in Boston’s historic marathon, raising more than $6.24 million for the hospital. In 2019, 79 Team BMC runners, including 12 BMC employees, trekked 26.2 miles and took the infamous “Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston” in support of the hospital and its patients. Their dedication was mirrored off the course as well, raising more than $843,000. BMC is grateful to John Hancock and the Boston Athletic Association for making Team BMC possible and for recognizing the unique role BMC plays in keeping Boston healthy and strong.
Boston Medical Center stands as New England’s largest safety net hospital and a national leader in caring for the urban and working poor. Existing principally to care for any and every person who walks through its doors, BMC does so with innovative treatments—many built within its own walls—and an unwavering commitment from providers—who are leaders in their field—and a highly skilled professional staff. Striving to achieve the best possible outcome for every patient isn’t ancillary to BMC’s mission—it is BMC’s mission. With a commitment to health equity, BMC is working toward building healthier communities through national models of care and groundbreaking research, education and social service programs.
Team BMC is running Boston 2020 for the hospital’s newest endeavor, Vision 2030, which aims to make Boston the healthiest urban population in the world by 2030. Vision 2030 encompasses the longstanding belief that when an organization invests in the root causes of urban health issues, the community and its people greatly benefit and thrive. To improve the health of Boston, BMC is uniting community, policy and research leaders to develop, deploy, iterate and evaluate strategies to address social determinants of health and promote equity in our community. The multi-sector collaboration will: advance the health of our community today; and improve conditions linked to poor health outcomes to secure the health of our community for generations to come.
The funds raised through this year's marathon team will go toward making Vision 2030 a reality, driving key investments in the following areas, as well as other endeavors.
· Complex Chronic Disease: To define a new model of care for complex disease management that improves health outcomes and reduces avoidable health care utilization.
· Substance Use Disorders: To reverse the trend in overdose deaths and improve access to evidence-based substance use disorder treatment and harm and risk reduction services.
· Mental Health Disorders: To integrate mental health services into primary care and expand access to mental health services throughout the community.
· Housing Insecurity and Homelessness: To improve access to safe and affordable housing options and establish supportive housing interventions for individuals with complex medical and social needs.
· Other Key Social Determinants of Health: To sustainably target key social determinants of health negatively impacting health outcomes in conjunction with community partners.
Change of this magnitude is only possible when we come together, and we welcome you to join us in our pursuit. Your support is integral to the existence of programs and services our patients rely—and thrive—on, with many depending solely on philanthropic support. By donating to Team BMC you are showing your commitment to the entire city of Boston.
Thank you for supporting Boston Medical Center in its mission to provide exceptional care, without exception!