Lahey Clinic Foundation, Inc. wrote:
Running a marathon can be addictive. Especially, if your first was the “ Medoc Marathon” in France with the incentive of wine, food and music at the chateaus along the route. I had the unrelenting support of my younger sister Shirley who generously donated her running bib to me after she broke her ankle trying to teach her dog Roo new tricks. I had to walk, or rather limp, the last few miles ( sore everything) with my sister riding a bike cheering me on but refusing to let me ride. The cute French roadside medical assistant, just sprayed something cold on my sore knees and wished me well in french, I think. My acetaminophen gel caps had melted. My slogan no pain, no champaign was proven true. As a novice runner I was proud to just finish the marathon; it did not matter that the finish line had closed.
It is with much gratitude that I am able to train and participate in the Boston Marathon with the Lahey Team. Debbie, my older sister will be running with me in spirit. Her battle with ovarian cancer, like so many women, ended her life before her time. I run for both of us. As a women’s cancer surgeon, I have the privilege to care for so many incredible women that have faced journeys more difficult than a marathon. Health can be fragile and unpredictable. The daily habit of regular exercise has countless positive health benefits including a decrease in many types of women’s cancer risk.
If one person is able to make exercise a new habit and pass it on to others, everyone wins!
Please consider a donation in support of Women’s Health Initiatives at Lahey Health and Medical Center. I aim for a new personal best April 15, 2019.
Warm Regards, Valena
Lahey Health is proud to be a John Hancock Marathon Charity Partner for the very first time! Team Lahey runners will participate in the 2019 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15 and raise funds for a Lahey Health affiliate. Each runner may choose which entity to support:
• Addison Gilbert Hospital
• Beverly Hospital
• Lahey Health Behavioral Services
• Lahey Health Continuing Care
• Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
• Winchester Hospital
Lahey Health is an integrated health care system committed to providing the full continuum of health care services close to where patients live and work. The system is comprised of nationally recognized, award-winning hospitals, physicians, behavioral health services, and post-acute programs including home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources. Lahey Health includes nearly 1,400 locally based physicians throughout Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, along with more than 30 primary care physician practices and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities.
Our flagship location is Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, a 335-bed academic medical center in Burlington that has been ranked among the state’s best by U.S. News & World Report. A teaching hospital for the Tufts University School of Medicine, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is home to the leading liver transplant program in New England, boasts the only Level II Trauma Center between Boston and Manchester, NH, and offers patients access to clinical trials of new therapies for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cataracts. Lahey clinicians pioneered low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening for early-stage lung cancer, a technique that is now used at hospitals nationwide.
Our community hospitals are consistently recognized for their excellent patient care and outcomes. Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester received a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Exemplar Award in recognition of its commitment to caring for and meeting the needs of older adults. Beverly Hospital has been recognized by patients for outstanding orthopedic care and has become the fifth largest hospital in Eastern Massachusetts for total joint replacements. Winchester Hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Center will soon become the only day surgery site in the state to offer minimally invasive robotic surgery.
We are grateful for our runners who inspire and amaze us. We are thankful for the donors who support them and our mission to provide superior health care, leading to the best possible outcome for every patient. And we are indebted to our lead sponsor, John Hancock, as this program would not be possible without them.
Thank you for supporting Lahey Health!