This past September my family and I lost our sunshine, my Nona. My Nona was diagnosed with amyloidosis five years ago - a disease in which amyloid protein (an abnormal protein) deposits in different parts of the body. Luckily, Boston Medical Center is home to the Amyloidosis Center, which specializes in care for patients with this rare disease. Fortunately, my Nona was reffered to the team at BMC for treatment. What initially began as an uncertain diagnosis in terms of timeline, turned into five good years with family and friends.
Treatment was not easy, as it consisted of regular trips to BMC for bloodwork and medical infusions. Through the Amyloidosis Center, my Nona also had the opportunity to participate in the newest available treatments to slow the production of abnormal proteins in her body.
Although these treatments were not easy for my Nona to go through, she never let on to when she was having a bad day. She was the toughest person I know!
The incredible staff and resources available at BMC helped to lessen the burden of the disease. Whenever I talked to my Nona about her experience at BMC, she had nothing but positive things to say. She adored the nurses and doctors who cared for her during her time there. For this, I am grateful.
Although my Nona's battle with amyloidosis has come to an end, I want to continue that fight. I am excited to be running the 2020 Boston Marathon in her honor for Team BMC. With the funds raised, BMC will be able to continue to provide exceptional care to a diverse patient population.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story and for supporting my fundraising efforts!
- Sammi Lyons
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!