When I hear ”Boston Strong” there are two things that come to mind- the Boston Marathon and Big Papi. An event and a champion that represents the resiliency of the city of Boston. So when the opportunity arose to join Team Papi as a qualified runner, I wanted to find out how my 26.2 could help others.
The David Ortiz Children’s fund is an organization that ”promotes essential support for children in the Dominican Republic and in New England who cannot afford the critical cardiac services they need”. They partner with CEDIMAT hospital in the Dominican Republic and the Massachusetts General Hospital for children. Through outreach, education, and support they are committed to enhancing the health and well-being of children who require life-saving surgeries. As a critical care nurse at MGH for almost 20 years, the mission of the David Ortiz Children’s Foundation was appealing to me.
I have been a resident of the city of Boston for the last 23 years. In that time I have learned what it means to be a Bostonian. I‘ve rode the city’s highs of world championships and the lows of the city’s marathon bombings. What I have found is Boston is a strong city, a resilient city, and a legendary city. My husband and I are proud to be raising our 3 kids (ages 12,10, and 7) in this city. You can find my 3 kids at the mile 14 marker in Wellesley on the third Monday in April since they were babies. Arriving early enough to sneak a glimpse of the elites and staying for hours to see any family and friends that are running that particular year. Rain, shine, heat wave, or frigid cold temps they are there. You can count on them for anything from vaseline sticks, water, and oranges. I look forward to seeing them at that mile 14 marker on April 20th 2020 as a proud member of team Papi! Boston 2020 will be my 5th consecutive Boston and my 10th marathon overall. Please take a moment to read more about the David Ortiz Children’s Foundation and donate to a great cause and help make every step of my 26.2 make a difference in a child’s life.