tl;dr: I’m running the Boston Marathon (!) in April to support Fenway Health, an LGBT health care, research and advocacy organization. If you believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege, please donate to my campaign!
Hello Friends, Family, Allies, and Colleagues,
I am so excited, humbled, and honored to be running the 2020 Boston Marathon as an athlete for Fenway Health. I have committed to raising $12,500, and to running on the right side of history in support of Fenway Health.
The marathon will be held on April 20, 2020, and I would be honored if you would consider being part of this effort with me.
Fenway Health has been at the forefront of numerous initiatives transforming people’s lives, from leading therapeutic treatments for HIV+ persons, pioneering preventive efforts for at-risk individuals, setting new standards of care for transgendered people, launching new initiatives in women’s health, and finding innovative ways to care for homeless and marginalized persons in our communities.
I did not grow up with a Fenway Health around the corner, but early in college (thanks to a good friend), I found running. Running is my therapy. My husband Ori says that it keeps me from going crazy. He’s right in more ways than one, because I met him running. Over the years running has been the thing that I keep going back to whenever I need to get my mind and body in sync in order. It helps me live a happy and healthy life. Boston will be my 5th marathon, and I cannot think of anything that would make it more meaningful than raising money for Fenway Health. I’m pretty sure that April 20, 2020 is going to be a pretty emotional day.
After a 10-year career in healthcare, and as a member of the LGBT+ community, I know first-hand that it requires a tremendous amount of courage for an LGBT+ individual to seek healthcare. It’s hard to put in words what it’s like to walk into a clinic and face fear of retribution, denial, or discrimination, all I know is the feeling. And I know that feeling has been shared by many of my close friends and chosen family.
Fenway Health’s work in Boston is foundational and is leaving impressions around the world on organizations seeking to replicate their services. I’m motivated daily by the inspiring work done by the real Team Fenway: the health care providers, staff, and advocates that do the daily work to ensure that quality healthcare is accessible to all.
April 20, 2020 is going to be a pretty emotional day.
I would be honored if you would join me.