Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. I am incredibly excited to run the Boston Marathon 2020 as part of Team BMC!
I started running a few miles a couple times a week as an outlet to stress. I thought I’d challenge myself and trained to run a four-mile road race. I surprised myself and thought I should train for a half, which quickly became a marathon. Finishing my first marathon in 2015 was one of the most amazing experiences. Running helps me find peace and quiets my mind.
Running has also helped my lungs. Living with lung disease, running is not always easy. Some days you feel unstoppable, some days you go out there and all you do is try to figure out how to make things work. Running has given me strength and has taught me patience.
The Boston Marathon is a prestigious race that I have always wanted to run and to do so with my lungs is in my wildest dreams. Running Boston would also allow me to complete my 6th and final Abbott World Marathon Major, an accomplishment <2,000 women in the world have achieved..
BMC’s mission is to provide exceptional care without exception to all regardless of their ability to pay. Working as a pediatrician in an urban public hospital in New York City, I understand the importance of such a mission. My job involves identifying challenges faced by children from families living in poverty and to link families to services in the medical world and also in their communities.
Team BMC is running Boston 2020 for Vision 2030 that encompasses the belief that when an organization invests in the root causes of urban health issues, the community and its people greatly benefit and thrive. The funds from this year’s marathon team will go towards multiple endeavors, many of which are dear to my heart including integration of mental health services into primary care and targeting key social determinants of health outcomes and promoting equity.
Please join me to make this a great fundraising year for Team BMC.
Thank you for your support!
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!